This piece won a Second Place Ribbon in 1991 at the "Northern Pueblos 19th Annual Show" Ribbon included with the piece.
San Ildefonso Pueblo artist Helen Gutierrez learned her pottery making from her mother Isabel M. Montoya. Helen's painting on pottery was always exceptional. She was very talented in forming a pottery vessel, polishing it, painting the design, and achieving a good firing.
Helen Gutierrez (1930-1993) is from a famous family of artists. Her brother, Gilbert Atencio, was one of most well known painters. Helen's painting on pottery is outstanding. Helen is the of daughter of Atencio and Benjamin Atencio.