Lela and Van Gutierrez, Santa Clara Pueblo Potters
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Lela 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.
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