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This is a creative early water jar by Margaret & Luther Gutierrez. Margaret would make the pottery and her brother Luther would paint the designs using natural clay slips. They began working together in 1966 when their mother, Lela Gutierrez, passed away. This is an early jar of their work as there are some colors used that they rarely used later. The jar has a round shape and an elongated neck. The neck of the jar has cloud designs. The body of the jar has two avanyu. The clouds on the neck and the body of each avanyu are very intricately painted! As for the coloration, what is unusual among the colors is the blue. The piece has at least EIGHT different colors used to create the designs. They would be painted onto the piece before it was fired. 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 very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.