The Gutierrez's are a husband and wife team that
specialize in Native American Indian figurative pottery. Paul
"White Corn" Gutierrez and Dorothy "Corn Maiden" Gutierrez are both
full blooded Native American Indians; Paul was born in 1940
into the Santa Clara-Tewa Pueblo and Dorothy was born in 1940 into
the Navajo Nation. Paul is from a family of well-known potters, the grandson of Lela and Van
Gutierrez and the son of Luther Gutierrez, (of Margaret & Luther),
all of the Santa Clara Pueblo.
Paul and Dorothy have been married since 1965, and have two sons, Paul Gutierrez Jr. and Gary Gutierrez.
Encouraged by their relatives, Paul and Dorothy began
to learn the art of working with clay at an early age. Paul
has been working with clay since the age of 12 and Dorothy since
grammar school. They were both taught the fundamentals of
working with clay using traditional methods and ancient techniques. Paul and Dorothy now specialize in handmade clay
pottery such as storyteller pieces, Mudheads, nativity scenes,
angels, ornaments, and animals.
The Gutierrez's create their sculptures by first gathering the clay for their
artwork from within the Santa Clara Pueblo and then preparing the
clay in the
traditional way by drying, grinding, and sifting before it is mixed
with water to produce the clay medium. The Gutierrez sculptures are created by hand pinching and then
they are air dried and fired in the traditional way (outdoors with
horse manure). The Gutierrez's sign their artwork as Paul &
Dorothy P. Gutierrez, SCP.
unique Santa Clara blackware Storytellers (see picture on right)
which have become highly valued among collectors and sell quickly.
Gary Gutierrez, the son of
Dorothy and Paul Gutierrez, is also a very well known American
Indian artist. Gary also makes figurative pottery but in a
larger scale as he does very fine human figures that are well formed
and beautifully polished. Gary's work is a blend of the
traditional and the contemporary and stands well as contemporary
Native American artwork. His work continues to gain in recognition and popularity
Nativity scene storyteller