Santa Clara Pueblo Blackware Miniature Nacimiento by Dorothy and Paul Gutierrez

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Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez, Santa Clara Pueblo Potters

The Santa Clara Pueblo artists Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez worked together on this nativity scene which includes two kneeling angels, two sheep, a donkey, and a cow.  The central figures are, as always, Mary and Joseph, both kneeling with hands drawn together in prayer over a swaddled baby Jesus.  Each figurine has a portion selected and hand stone polished, while the other elements remain matte.  

Santa Clara Pueblo is one of the northern pueblos with a wonderful iron rich clay that when deprived of oxygen in the firing process, will undergo a chemical change and turn from red to black.  This blackware has become well-loved and is special amongst pueblo pottery.  Even more rare is to have a miniature nacimiento made in this form.  

Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez are a husband-and-wife pottery making team living at Santa Clara Pueblo. They are specialists at making figurative pottery.  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.


Condition: excellent

Provenance: this Santa Clara Pueblo Blackware Miniature Nacimiento by Dorothy and Paul Gutierrez is from a private collection from a Midwest client

Reference: Nacimientos, Nativity Scenes by Southwest Indian Artisans by Guy and Doris Monthan

Relative Links: Southwest Indian PotterySanta Clara PueblonacimientosPaul and Dorothy Gutierrez, Santa Clara Pueblo Potters

Alternate view of the Holy Family.

Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez, Santa Clara Pueblo Potters
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