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  1. Mata Ortiz Pottery Ivonne Olivas Matte Black Clay With White And Turquoise Paint Sculpted Top Pot
    $89.00
    Ivonne Olivas is a very well known potter from the village of Mata Ortiz, Mexico. She began making pottery at the young age of 13, and has developed her skills to achieve great precision in her work. Her pots are thin walled, affordable, and expertly painted. She also studied under Juan Quezada, as her aunt is Juan's wife... nothing better than being taught by the great master of Mata Ortiz Pottery!! Ivonne Olivas took third place in her category at the 2017 Concurso, the juried art show sponsored by the Mexican government. We just love the flared top on this pot! The matte black clay takes on an almost chocolate brown color and then Ivonne accents it with white and turquoise paint. The combination is just strikingly beautiful! And the sculpted top adds another perfect touch! This piece was signed by the artist, and a pottery display ring will be included with your purchase at no additional cost. Hand made without even the use of a potter’s wheel! Done in the traditional style of Mata Ortiz, with hand forming the piece out of clay that has been dug from the local countryside. The clay is sifted to remove the impurities, making the clay pliable and easier to work with than the standard clay that we find in art supply shops in the US. The artist starts with a flat pancake of clay, then adds a single coil of clay. They pinch the walls upward to form the pot, while scooping out the clay from within, and thinning the walls from the outside at the same time. Larger pieces will include a second coil added at the top. Mata Ortiz pottery is known for how thin walled and light weight it is, which makes it quite difficult to hand build without collapsing along the way. The piece will then dry for several days, before sanding the walls to get the walls. The surface of the pot is protected with a thin layer of oil, before hand polishing the surface with an agate stone. Then the piece is painted with natural paint using a home made brush crafted of long strands of human hair. A low temperature firing is the last step. Although there are some electric kilns in town these days, traditionally the pottery is fired on the ground using local wood similar to cottonwood. If it is a colored pot, the firing area is elevated on bricks to allow air to circulate during the firing, the pot is placed on a tripod or grate, covered with a clay or metal vessel, wood is stacked around the outer vessel and then ignited. Once the wood burns down, then the firing has been completed. If a black pot was desired, then sawdust or cow dung would be spread on the ground inside of the outer vessel and dirt would be used to seal the edges of the outer vessel, so that oxygen does not flow into the firing. Any actual color of clay could be used, and the pot would still turn black. The artist wanted the colors to remain on this piece, so oxygen was allowed to flow during the firing. One in every four or five pots break in a traditional firing. It is definitely a labor of love! Learn More
  2. Oaxacan Wood Carving Mario Castellanos Gorgeous Museum Quality Coiled Rattle Snake
    $450.00
    I absolutely adore Mario Castellanos' snake wood carvings! Such detail in the carving, such intricacy capped off perfectly with a bold painted design filled with traditional Zapotec Indian imagery! Mario Castellanos is one of the most incredibly talented and sought after Oaxacan wood carvers out there! His work is just fantastic, filled with intricate movement and character. He is able to carve figures that very few would even try. His beginning claim to fame was his lizards and iguanas, all carved out of one single piece of copal wood, and with the amazing coiled tails that many other artists have tried to copy. But modern day has seen him expand his talents to a wide variety of animal figures, all with an incredible level of detail and precision! We are so proud to carry his work! Mario is a true artistic genius, whose work is full of whimsy and creativity. His work truly is a level above most carvers. This is such a high quality carving that you almost cannot believe that it was hand carved! Only a master artist could achieve this level of detail out of a solid piece of Copal wood. There is such beauty in this piece, yet it still captures the power of the awesome snake. Coiled snakes are hard difficult to carve, but Mario goes even further with the intricacy of the multiple coils that are completed by a rattle at the end. WOW!! And the only removable piece to the carving is the tongues. Then combine it with the bold and delightful paint design that is done by Mario's wife Reina Ramirez, while still paying tribute to their Zapotec ancestors though the patterns... then you have near perfection! I love the shine of the metallic gold accents. Most definitely museum quality! The piece was signed by the artist. Mario's work is so gorgeous and so purely sculptural that he was selected by the Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum as one of only eight artists from Oaxaca, across various sculptural art mediums, to be featured in an exhibit in June of 2017. The exhibit proved so popular that it continued on at Wayne State University. Mario Castellanos was selected by both locations to attend and demonstrate his carving techniques. Mario and his wife Reina have also been featured at museums in California and Arizona. Learn More
  3. Oaxacan Wood Carving Margarita Sosa Medium Black Standing Cat
    $60.00
    I love this medium standing cat! This piece is done on a black background with multi colored accents, and then accented with gold metallic paint in Margarita Sosa's signature style. This cat was hand carved and hand painted by Margarita Sosa in the famous carving village of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico. It was carved out of the traditional copal wood, a local ecologically harvested wood whose supply is controlled by the Mexican government. We just love the quality of the painting, the whimsical addition of the metallic gold for a pop, the sense of motion in the tail and the extended hips, the adorable face and the bright eyes. This cat wood carving would make a perfect addition to your Oaxacan Wood Carving collection, or the perfect gift for any cat lover out there. The tail is removable for safe shipping, and the carving has been signed by the artist. Learn More
  4. Oaxacan Wood Carving Margarita Sosa Little Orange Cat
    $40.00
    I love this little orange cat! This cat was hand carved and hand painted by Margarita Sosa in the famous carving village of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico. It was carved out of the traditional copal wood, an ecologically sourced wood whose supply is controlled by the Mexican government. It is painted on an orange background, with accents of blue, green and black. The design is accented with bright pops of metallic gold, in Margarita's signature style. We just love the quality of the painting, the whimsical addition of the metallic gold for a pop, the sense of motion in the tail, the adorable face and the sweeping curved tail in the air. This cat wood carving would make a perfect addition to your Oaxacan Wood Carving collection, or the perfect gift for any cat lover out there. The tail is removable for safe shipping, and the carving has been signed by the artist. Learn More
  5. Oaxacan Wood Carving Margarita Sosa Medium White Standing Cat
    $60.00
    I love this medium standing cat! Painted on a white background with green, red, yellow and blue and metallic accents, this cute cat is done in Margarita Sosa's signature style. This cat was hand carved and hand painted by Margarita Sosa in the famous carving village of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico. It was carved out of the traditional copal wood, a local ecologically harvested wood whose supply is controlled by the Mexican government. We just love the quality of the painting, the whimsical addition of the metallic gold for a pop, the sense of motion in the tail, the adorable face and the bright eyes. This cat wood carving would make a perfect addition to your Oaxacan Wood Carving collection, or the perfect gift for any cat lover out there. The tail is removable for safe shipping, and the carving has been signed by the artist. Learn More
  6. Oaxacan Wood Carving Margarita Sosa Orange Howling Coyote
    $60.00
    One cool coyote! This coyote was hand carved and hand painted by Margarita Sosa in the famous carving village of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico. It is done on an orange background with green and red designs, and done with Margarita's signature metallic accents. The coyote was carved out of the traditional copal wood, an environmentally sourced local wood whose supply is controlled by the Mexican government. We just love the quality of the painting, the whimsical addition of the metallic gold for a pop, the sense of motion in the positioning of the body howling at the moon, the adorable face and the sweeping curved tail in the air. The tail is removable for safe shipping, and the carving has been signed by the artist. Learn More
  7. Oaxacan Wood Carving Medardo Blas Jr. Blue Yellow Orange Frog
    $35.00
    One of our favorite trips on our travels in Oaxaca is to the village of San Pedro Cajonos! Situated high in the mountain Sierras three hours from Oaxaca City, this is one of the most idyllic settings that one may ever find! Perched at the top of the mountains, with sweeping views of the surrounding canyons and distant pueblos, San Pedro Cajonos kisses the clouds and shines in its art forms. One of the most famous of San Pedro Cajonos artists, is the Blas Family of wood carvers. There style is so unique, and can be identified readily upon sight. Bright colors, and fine painting are their hallmarks. Medardo Jr. is the young son of the well known master carver Medardo Blas, who unfortunately died several years ago from a brain tumor. It is wonderful to see his sons carrying on the family traditions! You just have to love the whimsy and creativity in this frog wood carving! So cool and so unusual! This figure is hand carved and painted by Medardo Blas Jr. Nicely painted and a great size, it will make an affordable addition to your collection. A stand out piece at this price! There are no removable parts and the piece was signed by the artist. Learn More
  8. Mata Ortiz Pottery Roberto Olivas White Clay Carved Pot With Red And Black Stylized Feathered Serpent And Geometric Painted Design
    $89.00
    Roberto Olivas is only in his 30's, but quite gifted at working with clay. He is married to Yadira Silveira, and as such he is also the brother in law of the famous Lila Silveira. He learned the art of carving out designs in pottery from Tavo Silveira, and he does a magnificent job in the carving and the painting of his pottery. Roberto Olivas has been making pottery for about 14 years now, and won first place in the Mata Ortiz Concurso (juried award show) in 2007. More recently in 2015 Roberto took home the second prize in his category. The pot itself is extremely well done... with a great textural feel to it! And so light weight (another sign of high quality). The design features a stylish homage to the feathered serpent, a ceremonial and religious figure to the people that inhabited the local ruins of Paquime, and a gorgeous geometric design painted in black and red natural paint. This piece is signed by the artist. A pottery display ring will be included at no additional cost. Learn More
  9. Mata Ortiz Pottery Laura Bugarini and Hector Gallegos Jr Small Ultra Fine Band And Animals Pot With Javelina Nature Design
    $240.00
    Collaboration work is one of our absolute favorites! It is just incredible to watch the fusion between two powerhouse artists and their incredible talent! Laura Bugarini and her husband Hector Gallegos Jr are two of the finest of the second generation of potters in Mata Ortiz. Their work is highly sought after for it's quality and intricacy, and well as for how unique it is. Laura Bugarini is one of the true Masters of the second generation of Mata Ortiz potters! Laura and her husband Hector Gallegos Jr are two of the finest of the second generation of potters in Mata Ortiz. Their work is highly sought after for it's quality and intricacy, and well as for how unique it is. Among many awards, the couple won the first place award at the 2009 Concurso de Ceramica in Mata Ortiz (the annual juried art show) in the category of Miniatures. They won 1st place again in 2011 in the category of Sgraffito with another collaboration piece. They won Best in Show Galardon in 2012 for their collaboration work!! Then followed it up in 2013 with the Excellencia Award, or the top prize amongst all previous Best in Show Award winners! And as if it just couldn't get any better - Laura Bugarini also took home first place in the National Ceramics Awards in the burnished pottery category this last year in Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Such an honor to be named as one of the very best potters in a whole nation!! Just amazing, and they deserve all the accolades! Laura Bugarini won the Outstanding Woman in the Arts for the State of Chihuahua in 2016. Laura is the 1st woman in Mata Ortiz to win this prize, the highest award in their state across all art forms. In 2016 Laura was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Northeastern Chihuahua, again being the 1st woman artist from Mata Ortiz to be admitted. 2016 also saw Laura and Hector take home the top two prizes in the Mata Ortiz Concurso (annual Mexican Government sponsored juried art show), where Laura won Best in Show and Hector won the Excellence Award for the best piece among all previous Best in Show winners. In the 2018 Concurso, Laura took home 2nd place in her category. Most recently in 2019, Laura Bugarini again won 1st place in her category! Laura developed her own amazing style at a very young age. The level of detail in her painting is amazing, and it is hard to believe that she uses the traditional method of painting with a homemade paint brush made out of a few strands of fine children's hair. She is an expert in fine art level painting. Hector learned pottery from his parents, Master Potters Hector and Graciela Gallegos, but specializes in the sgraffito style where the paint is built up in layers, and then basically finely and slowly scratched, to reveal the color of the level below. He is a master at this technique, and the best in Mata Ortiz. It is so finely done that you would barely know by touching it. The visual appeal and layer of texture are truly eye catching! Best of the best! In 2014 Hector took home first place in the Mata Ortiz Concurso in his category. Also in 2014, Hector won second prize at the Mexican National Masters of Mexican Folk Art awards. Hector again took home the Excellence Award at the Mata Ortiz Concurso in 2016, but this time all on his own with a piece in his new style. And these were just a few of his numerous awards on both a local and national level, as he consistently takes home the top prizes year after year! This particular piece is one of our favorite designs from this powerhouse couple. It features the intricate band work that Both artists are known for, while including the beautiful etched finely detailed nature scene in the middle of the piece. This work of art features a javelina scene, where the javelina are at play around the whole surface of the pot. The design is accented by flowers, cactus and birds, with the occasional surprising pop of color that is Hector's signature style. As Hector continues to focus on his intricate band work designs, you do not see as many of these nature scenes any more. We, however, are huge fans and are always requesting them from Hector! Just too cool for words!! Learn More
  10. Oaxacan Wood Carving Tribus Mixes Biznaga Cactus Pink Petals and Hummingbird
    $89.00
    Tribus Mixes are famous for their unique and intricate contributions to the world of woodcarvings. They began as a home and school where teenage children were invited to participate in learning the arts of wood carving and painting. Proceeds from the sale of their artwork are used to provide scholarships for these same children to attend school and receive an education that would be impossible for them to obtain in their village. Neftali and Noe Martinez are brothers from the Tribus Mixes, and run this wonderful school for children. Their goal is to provide a future for the children of their tribe, teaching them art forms and educating them to give them opportunities in life. Opportunities they themselves say they never had. What a wonderful cause to support! This fine woodcarving is of a biznaga cactus, complete with a visiting hummingbird perched on one of three flowers. The flowers and hummingbird are detachable for safe shipping, every petal comes out of the flower stem, and all the feathers and wings separate from the hummingbird's body. Once reassembled they can always be glued into place, but the removable pieces make this much less fragile to ship. A fine example of the whimsy, creativity and artwork that is put into each woodcarving done by the Tribus Mixes Learn More

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