Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Jar with Sun & Cloud Dancers (1970’s)
This is a classic polychrome jar by Margaret & Luther Gutierrez. Margaret would make the pottery and Luther, her brother, Luther, would paint them. This jar is one of their traditional shapes with a round body and an elongated neck. Allt he various colors are derived from native clay slips. The jar has two series of warriors or dancers. The Sun Dancers have a red face. The Cloud Dancers have a green face and a cloud over the top of their head. The neck of the jar has bear paws and rain designs. There are also small frogs near the feet of the dancers! Note the various clay colors (over six!) used on this jar, including the green and orange. The jar is signed on the bottom, “Margaret / Luther” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.