Lela and Luther Gutierrez, Santa Clara Pueblo Potters
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Santa Clara Pueblo artists Lela Gutierrez and her son Luther Gutierrez collaborated on pottery making following the death of Lela's husband Van in 1956.
Lela Naranjo Gutierrez (1895-1966), Santa Clara Pueblo, was the wife of Van Gutierrez; mother of Luther and Margaret Gutierrez; grandmother of Paul Gutierrez. Lela was active between 1915 and 1966 making polychrome bowls and jars. Lela Gutierrez made pots as a team with Van or Luther Gutierrez.
Luther Gutierrez (1911-1987), Santa Clara Pueblo, was the son of Lela and Van Gutierrez; bother of Margaret Gutierrez; father of Pauline Naranjo. Luther was active between 1935-1987 making polychrome jars, bowls and wedding vases. Luther collaborated with Lela is mother and Margaret his sister.
Reference: Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.
Photo of the artists courtesy of Rick Dillingham, source Fourteen Families In Pueblo Pottery by Rick Dillingham.
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