Lela and Van Gutierrez, Santa Clara Pueblo Potters


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Picture of Lela and Van Gutierrez Santa Clara Pueblo ca 1933. Artists' image courtesy of Rick Dillingham, source Fourteen Families In Pueblo Pottery by Rick Dillingham.

Artists' Signatures - Lela and Van Gutierrez, Santa Clara Pueblo PottersLela Gutierrez and her husband Van were true pottery innovators at Santa Clara Pueblo. They specialized in pictorial designs in a variety of hues and colors not normally associated with pueblo pottery.

Lela Gutierrez (1895-1966) and her husband Van (c1870-1956) tested many ideas in pottery making. When they developed a decorative scheme featuring earth colors on a matte background, they discovered an enduring technique. Bold curvilinear designs on a neutral tan or beige became the base for a new Santa Clara style.

Lela Naranjo Gutierrez and her son Luther Gutierrez (1911-1987) collaborated on pottery following the death of Lela's husband, Van, in 1956. Luther continued in his father's style.

The image of Lela and Van Gutierrez Santa Clara Pueblo is circa 1933.  Artists' image courtesy of Rick Dillingham, source Fourteen Families In Pueblo Pottery by Rick Dillingham.

Relative Links: Santa Clara PuebloLuther and Margaret GutierrezLela and Van GutierrezMargaret Gutierrez, Lela Naranjo Gutierrez and her son Luther Gutierrez

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