Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Polychrome Jar with Avanyu & Turtles (1970’s)
This is a complex jar by Margaret & Luther Gutierrez. Margaret would make the pottery and her brother Luther would paint the designs using natural clay slips. This jar has an avanyu on each side. Above each of them is a rain cloud. Separating them are turtles in relief on each side. They almost seem to function like “handles” on the jar! Each design is very intricately painted. All the various colors are from natural clay slips and this was a signature style of their work. The jar is signed on the bottom, “Margaret / Luther”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.