Paul was related to celebrated figural potters: grandson of Lela and Van Gutierrez, and son of Margaret and Luther Gutierrez. He carried on the figural tradition of his family, in his own way, together with his wife Dorothy.
Sadly, Paul passed away earlier this year. Dorothy now continues the work they did, together, for decades. However, these irrepressible figures were made by them both.
Their figures are notable for their humor and charm, as seen in these adorable Mudheads. Their amusing, relaxed attitudes are totally charming.
In the popular black style of Santa Clara Pueblo, these little guys have stone-polished eyes, mouth, topknot and ears.
The clay is traditionally gathered, mixed and formed by hand, then pit-fired just like large pots. The black results from smothering the flames with dried, powdered horse or sheep manure.
This causes a chemical reaction, so the black is indelible, not soot. Enjoy these beguiling little guys, separately, or as an instant collection.
The price is per each one, and all three can be had for $80!