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  1. 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
  2. Mata Ortiz Pottery Gabriela Corona Owl Lid Seed Pot
    $45.00
    Gabriela Corona (also known as Gaby) is a young potter in Mata Ortiz, the younger sister of well known potters Vidal Corona and Jorge Corona. She is also married to Master Potter Lila Silveira's youngest brother. As such, she has had a lot of wonderful and talented influences around her that have helped her continue to grow as a potter. She does animal themed design work, and often caps off her pottery with an adorable matching animal lid! We love her work for both the whimsy and for it's affordability. Fantastic creativity! This seed pot features various owls perched on tree branches. The removable lid on the pot is also shaped in the form of an adorable owl! So much fun! The piece is signed by the artist. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. Mata Ortiz Pottery Angela Corona Miniature Two Lizards Pot
    $25.00
    This is a fantastic miniature version of Angela Corona's signature two raised lizards on a round pot. We are delighted by the whimsy of this little seed pot. The two little lizards are crafted well, and provide the perfect sense of humor to make you smile. A great and affordable way to begin your Mata Ortiz Pottery collection. This piece was hand formed without the use of a potter's wheel with clay dug from the local countryside, the shine is from hand polishing with an agate stone, and the piece is painted with long strands of human hair in the traditional manner. Angela Corona is a delightful young woman, and she favors animals in her work. We love her lizard designs, as well as her owls, turtles and butterflies. The pot is signed by the artist. A pottery display ring will be included at no additional cost. Learn More
  5. Mata Ortiz Pottery Angela Corona Medium Owl
    $60.00
    Absolutely adorable! Full of whimsy and joy! You just can't help but smile seeing this owl pot! We love it! A great and affordable way to begin your Mata Ortiz Pottery collection. Angela Corona is a delightful young woman, and she favors animals in her work. We love her owl designs, as well as her lizards and butterflies. This owl pot is a medium version of the small one that we have always carried. 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. He pinches 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. Learn More
  6. Mata Ortiz Pottery Laura Bugarini Museum Quality Ultra Fine Band Detail Angular Pot With Base
    $540.00
    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. This piece is a wonderfully creative and unique piece, with an egg shaped pot featured an angled top and a wide opening. Gorgeous! Laura showed restraint in the painting of the piece, allowing the beauty of the actual pot to shine through, and adding a feminine flair and elegance to the piece. The finely painted band work is exceptional, and the base is a nice touch. The piece is signed on the side by the artist. Learn More
  7. Mata Ortiz Pottery Claudia Ledezma White Clay Black Paint Quail Mimbres Design Pot
    $180.00
    Claudia Ledezma and her husband Luis Rodriguez are some of our favorite potters in Mata Ortiz! Highly skilled second generation potters, their work is consistently high quality, thin walled, light weight and with great attention to detail. They favor the Mimbres designs in their work, and I love how thin walled their work is.. crisp and clean and perfectly formed! Especially considering that their pottery is hand formed without the use of a potter's wheel.This pot is smooth, thin walled and light weight.. all the hallmarks of quality in Mata Ortiz pottery! Their work never lasts, and we have been consistently bringing home great treasures from them! I love the three different quail designs that appear on the sides of this piece, and all the cool geometric designs! The geometric designs at the top were painted using a home made paint brush crafted of long strands of human hair! And the designs on the body of the form were intricately carved to provide a wonderful textural appeal to the piece. Museum quality work from a young artist! Learn More
  8. Mata Ortiz Pottery Salvador Baca Museum Quality Mixed Clay Carved And Painted Lipped Pot
    $450.00
    Master Potters Salvador Baca and Virginia Lozoya are a husband and wife team, and finely skilled representatives of the first generation of potters from Mata Ortiz, Mexico. Both potters are featured in the famous “go to” book on Mata Ortiz pottery: The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz. Salvador and Virginia are the proud parents of three boys, and grandparents to three beautiful children. Both of these amazing pottery artists are self taught, and do not come from traditional pottery families. Salvador Baca learned the basics of traditional Mata Ortiz pottery techniques by observing his friends and neighbors, but had to work out all the details and hone his skills to the high award winning level that he has achieved on his own. Virginia also shares a similar history. The only potter of note in her family was her sister Gloria Lozoya, who studied with the most widely recognized of the original potters when he first started making Mata Ortiz pots, the famous Juan Quezada. Virginia observed the basics of her sister at work, and this was her very first influence with the traditional pottery techniques. Both artists began working with Mata Ortiz pottery in 1987, first experimenting with the clays that could be found in the local countryside and then refined to form their pottery, as well as serving as the basis for some of their natural paints used to paint the formed pots. To this day, Salvador and Virginia adhere to the traditional methods of making Mata Ortiz pots, but like to play with unique forms, ideas and treatments that do no conflict with the basic traditions behind this pottery. Both artists favor the black on black pottery that they have become famous for, but also love experimenting with hand mixed clays and naturally colored local clays that they find in the surrounding countryside. Virginia prefers to work in miniatures, but assists her husband on his larger projects as well. Their artistry is nothing short of amazing, and if you pick up one of their smaller sized treasures you will be amazed with how light their work is. How lightweight a pot is becomes the ultimate signal of quality, and it takes an expert to craft the walls so thinly. No one even compares to Salvador and Virginia in this aspect of pottery making! Salvador Baca and Virginia Lozoya have won so many awards that it is impossible to list them all here. The most recent was winning the National Ceramics Award for all of Mexico in Traditional Ceramics for 2015!! Salvador also took 3rd place in the national awards in 2014 and 2012. Virginia took 2nd place in the National Ceramics Awards in both 2009 and 2010, won her first award for her work in 1999, and consistently wins an impressive award almost every year for her miniature work. On a Mexican national level, Salvador also won 1st place at the National Folk Art Awards in 2014 for hand polished ceramics, and honorable mention in 2013. The Mexican government sponsors an award show in Mata Ortiz for all the potters there. Between Salvador and Virginia, they have won an award in this competition almost every single year since 2005. It is an absolute honor for us at DeSilva Imports to be able to share the work of Salvador Baca and Virginia Lozoya with you! They are an incredible driving force in Mata Ortiz Pottery today! This beautiful mixed clay piece is incredible for the beautiful painted and carved design that is formed by mixing several different colors of clay together to create a beautiful base to the piece. The clays are joined together into bricks, and then cut into squares. The clays are then mixed togther again, and the process is repeated until the desired distribution of the mixed colors is achieved. It is a labor of love, and a process that only the most talented attempt. Different clays fire at different speeds, so this mixture of clays intensifies the risk of breakage during the firing process. To achieve a mixture of this quality requires a true master like Salvador Baca. The mixed clay pots are always heavier than his traditional black on black work, as it would not be possible to successfully fire otherwise. Salvador Baca has won numerous awards for his brilliant mixed clay work as well. The affect that he achieves reminds us of leather. You will treasure one of these pieces. They are stunning! The carving of the designs adds a gorgeous texture and visual appeal, and the piece is selectively painted so as to not overpower the design achieved solely from the successful mixture of the various clays. Museum quality! One of our very favorites of all the pieces that we purchased on our last trip to Mata Ortiz! Learn More
  9. Mata Ortiz Pottery Moroni Quezada Medium Matte Black And Highly Polished Pot With Black Angular Design
    $360.00
    Moroni Talavera Quezada is the young son of living legend Lydia Quezada, the youngest of Juan Quezada's siblings. Moroni, his sister Pabla and their mother are considered by many to be some of, if not THE most talented of the famous Quezada family. Moroni Quezada is one of the finest second generation potters, and consistently creates the highest quality of pottery coming from the Casas Grandes / Mata Ortiz region. While having been recently married and embarking on his new career after graduating from the University, Moroni still finds the time to craft museum quality pottery that honors the tradition established by his mother and father, Rito Talavera. Congratulations to a fine talent and an incredible person! I love this pot and have been a bit slow to list it, having purchased it awhile back! It is my favorite of the more difficult to find medium sized pots The angular lines of the pot are perfectly executed, and are made even more eye catching with the contrast of the highly polished areas on the matte black surface. This one is simply gorgeous and really speaks to us! Perfectly formed, thin walled and light weight.. this is a museum quality piece.Very contemporary in it's style, yet based in tradition. The pot is formed of a gorgeous matte black base of clay and then accented with highly polished areas that have been hand burnished with an agate stone. This is the signature style of Moroni's mother Lydia Quezada. Throw in the fact that the pot was hand formed without the use of a potter's wheel using clay that the artist's dig personally from the surrounding countryside, and painted with a homemade paint brush using long strands of human hair.. and you have a true masterpiece! Learn More
  10. 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 tangerine 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. Learn More

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