Teresa Gutierrez

Santa Clara Pueblo

Teresa Gutierrez was born to Rosita Velarde in Santa Clara Pueblo in 1933. She learned to make pottery from watching and working with her mother as she grew up. Over time Teresa developed a distinctive style of carved black pottery with sharp, concise lines outlined with matte paint.

Over the course of her career, Teresa earned numerous ribbons at the Eight Northern Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show and the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Teresa is the mother of Carol Velarde, Marie Suazo, Doris Tenorio and Tony Gutierrez, Jr., all accomplished potters from Santa Clara Pueblo.

Geometric design carved into a black jar
Polished black jar carved with geometric design
2.75 in H by 2.75 in Dia
An avanyu design carved into a miniature black jar Miniature black jar decorated with a carved avanyu design
1.75 in H by 2.75 in Dia
Miniature black jar carved with an avanyu design An avanyu design carved into a miniature black jar
1.5 in H by 2 in Dia
A deep carved and outlined geometric design on the shell of a miniature black turtle
A miniature black-on-black turtle figure with a deep carved geometric design
1.75 in Dia by 0.5 in H

Santa Clara Pueblo Potters