Margaret and Luther Gutierrez

Margaret (born in 1936) and Luther (1911-1987) Gutierrez were a brother and sister team, son and daughter of Lela and Van Gutierrez. Both learned the traditional way from their parents and began producing pottery together in the 1960's. Their first works were mostly polychrome jars, bowls and wedding vases decorated with avanyu, rain, cloud and lightning designs. In the 1970's they began producing their trademark animal and other figures using the same slips and pigments they'd used in earlier works. When Luther died, Margaret continued making pottery with Luther's daughter Pauline but Pauline died shortly thereafter. Margaret still works with her great-niece Stephanie Naranjo. Luther's son Paul and his wife Dorothy still make black animal figurines and mudheads.

Bird, feather and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with bird, feather and geometric design
8 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Geometric design on a polychrome beaver figure
Polychrome beaver figure with geometric design
3 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Ladybug and geometric design on a polychrome chipmunk
Polychrome chipmunk with ladybug and geometric design
3 1/2 in H by 2 in Dia
Different designs on each face of an octagonal pot
Polychrome octagonal pot with different designs on each face
4 3/4 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Insect designs on the shell of a polychrome turtle
Polychrome turtle figure with insect designs on the shell
3 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Animal, insect and geometric design on a polychrome turtle figure
Polychrome turtle figure decorated with an animal, insect and geometric design
2 3/4 in H by 3 3/4 in Dia
Kiva step and geometric design n a polychrome bowl
Polychrome bowl decorated with a kiva step and geometric design
2 1/2 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Pottery photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery