Santa Clara Pueblo Nine Piece Black Pottery Nacimiento by Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez

26208-nativity.jpg

+ Add to my watchlist Forward to Friend


Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez, Santa Clara Pueblo Potters
  • Category: Figurines
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 4” tallest
  • Item # 26208
  • Price: $925.00

Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez are a husband and wife pottery-making team at Santa Clara Pueblo.  Paul is the grandson of Lela and Van Gutierrez and the son of Luther Gutierrez, (of Margaret & Luther fame), all of Santa Clara Pueblo. Dorothy is Diné, and has been an active potter since the 1970s. She and Paul specialize in figurative pottery.

Paul and Dorothy work together and both their names appear on this set.  It is dated November 1999.  Paul and Dorothy make most of their pottery figurines in the black-on-black style, but have made red-on-buff style on occasion.  This nine-piece black-on-black nacimiento is typical of their work. It consists of the Holy Family, two angels and four animals.  The slip was stone polished and portions left in a matte finish. Paul and Dorothy work together and both their names appear on this set.  It is dated November 1999.  

Dorothy’s maiden name was Pinto. She is of Diné descent and was born in Gallup, New Mexico, in 1940.  Though she had no early training in pottery making, her mother was an expert weaver and she was exposed to the traditional Navajo crafts.  After attending Torreon Day School on the reservation, she went to Haskell Institute at Lawrence, Kansas, and then the Indian School at Albuquerque.   She and Paul and their two sons live at Santa Clara Pueblo.

Paul and Dorothy were included in the book Nacimientos in 1979 when the first edition was published.  One of their red-on-buff nacimientos was included in full color.  I have been told that Paul (c.1938-) and Dorothy (1940- ) are no longer active potters but I have not yet verified this.

 

Condition: this Santa Clara Pueblo Nine Piece Black Pottery Nacimiento by Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez is in very good condition

Provenance: from the collection of a gentleman from North Carolina        

Recommended Reading: Nacimientos: Nativity Scenes by Southwest Indian Artisans by Guy and Doris Monthan

Relative Links: Santa Clara PuebloLela and Van GutierrezLuther Gutierrezfigurative potteryPaul and Dorothy Gutierrez


Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez, Santa Clara Pueblo Potters
  • Category: Figurines
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 4” tallest
  • Item # 26208
  • Price: $925.00

26208-nativity.jpg26208-large.jpg Click on image to view larger.