The look of Julie Gutierrez’s pottery is based on the traditional way of making Native American pottery, but with a contemporary twist—and it is just gorgeous!
Julie specializes in the contemporary and traditional handmade Santa Clara pottery that is etched and crafted with authentic turquoise stones. Her trademark is the turquoise stones that she adds to the center of a swirling sgraffito pattern that mimics flowers or a spider’s web in both red and blackware pottery.
In this piece, Julie has etched twelve beautiful flower rosettes with tiny turquoise stones centered in the middle of each flower. The angled rim of the pot has etched leaf designs. Underneath the sgraffito, the piece is highly polished.
Julie gathers all of her materials from within the Santa Clara Pueblo. She breaks down the clumps of clay to a fine powder form and mixes the clay with volcanic ash and water. She begins by forming coils and begins building her pieces. Once the pottery has taken a vessel shape, she sands her pieces for a fine smooth texture. Then, Julie hand etches her flowers and fires her pottery in the traditional outdoors manner.
Condition: Excellent – original condition.
Provenance: Acquired from a private collector in Denver.