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  1. Oaxacan Wood Carving Saul And Alma Aragon Incredible Medium Black And White Octopus
    $80.00
    This is a more medium sized version of my favorite wood carving from Saul and Alma Aragon, and the one that I look to as their signature piece. We are so excited to be able to actually feature these here on our website. They normally sell out at our museum shows before we ever get a chance to list them. We met this wonderfully talented couple on one of our last trips to Oaxaca, and we are so excited to now carry their spectacular wood carvings! Saul and Alma are from Arrazola, a beautiful town just outside of Oaxaca City, and the village that many would call the birthplace of the Oaxacan Wood Carvings. Arrazola is located close to the famous ruins of Monte Alban and the newly opened ruins at Atzompa. The area is rich in history and tradition, and you can readily see the traditional patterns displayed prominently in the designs of Saul and Alma. The family has been carving these fantastic pieces since the 1980's, and their expertise really shows. Although paying homage to the traditions of the past, Saul and Alma are always looking towards the future as well. Saul is the President of the EcoAlebrijes Association, a cooperative of fifteen families from Arrazola that are committed to respecting the natural resources used in their work, and protecting the future of the copal trees from which the carvers craft these fantastic creatures that we all love so much. We especially love their reforestation projects! This octopus is full of whimsy and special creative details.. perfect in both the actual carving and the painting. It has such a spectacular and hard to achieve sense of movement in the wild tentacles flying through the air in circular movement!! I just love this! And the painting technique is full of a wonderful texture with raised painted circles in a burst of graphic color! I just cannot say enough good things about this spectacular carving! This piece was signed by the artists, and there are no removable parts! Grab this one! Learn More
  2. Mata Ortiz Pottery Ernesto Ramirez Highly Polished Black Egg With Red And White Paint
    $120.00
    Ernesto Ramirez is another well known potter in the village. He is popular for the quality and intricacy of his pots. His designs feature the difficult to achieve cuadricula squares that are distributed evenly across the surface of his pots. Ernesto hand forms his pots without the use of a potter's wheel, from clay that has been dug from the surrounding countryside and strained to remove the impurities. As such, the clay is the purest and easiest to work with, so say the artists from Mata Ortiz. The painting on this piece was done with handcrafted brushes made of long strands of human hair! The pot is polished with an agate stone to achieve a beautiful shine. I love how true to the artist's signature style this pot is, yet it has very modern appeal with the gorgeous egg shape form! The combination of the natural earthy red almost brown paint with the natural white paint is stunning on the highly polished black surface of this piece. The traditional cuadricula squares design that is arranged in the signature pattern style of Ernesto Ramirez, lends a wonderful modern appeal to the piece. The pot is signed by the artist, and a pottery ring is provided for free with your purchase. Learn More
  3. Oaxacan Wood Carving Saul And Alma Aragon Incredible Medium Orange Octopus
    $80.00
    This is a more medium sized version of my favorite wood carving from Saul and Alma Aragon, and the one that I look to as their signature piece. We are so excited to be able to actually feature these here on our website. They normally sell out at our museum shows before we ever get a chance to list them. We met this wonderfully talented couple on one of our last trips to Oaxaca, and we are so excited to now carry their spectacular wood carvings! Saul and Alma are from Arrazola, a beautiful town just outside of Oaxaca City, and the village that many would call the birthplace of the Oaxacan Wood Carvings. Arrazola is located close to the famous ruins of Monte Alban and the newly opened ruins at Atzompa. The area is rich in history and tradition, and you can readily see the traditional patterns displayed prominently in the designs of Saul and Alma. The family has been carving these fantastic pieces since the 1980's, and their expertise really shows. Although paying homage to the traditions of the past, Saul and Alma are always looking towards the future as well. Saul is the President of the EcoAlebrijes Association, a cooperative of fifteen families from Arrazola that are committed to respecting the natural resources used in their work, and protecting the future of the copal trees from which the carvers craft these fantastic creatures that we all love so much. We especially love their reforestation projects! This octopus is full of whimsy and special creative details.. perfect in both the actual carving and the painting. It has such a spectacular and hard to achieve sense of movement in the wild tentacles flying through the air in circular movement!! I just love this! And the painting technique is full of a wonderful texture with raised painted circles in a burst of cheerful color! I just cannot say enough good things about this spectacular carving! This piece was signed by the artists, and there are no removable parts! Grab this one! Learn More
  4. Mata Ortiz Pottery Nallely Aldavaz Sgraffito Dragonflies Small Seedpot
    $45.00
    Nallely Aldavaz recently learned the art of Mata Ortiz pottery from her husband Octavio Silveira Jr., who is the son of the world famous Tavo Silveira and Myrna Hernandez, and a third generation potter! This young potter is sure to be the next wave in talent coming out of Mata Ortiz! We love watching these traditions passed down within a family, and the family working side by side on a daily basis. Octavio already has shared his critical artistic eye that he inherited from his parents now with his own wife. Her designs are crisp and clean, and her line work is amazing for an artist who is just barely coming into her own as a potter. This unusual and modern dragonfly pot is done in the sgraffito technique, where layers of paint are built up and then the surface is etched to reveal the color of the clay below and form the fine details of the design. I love how Octavio has the confidence not usually seen in a young artist to leave this pot simple and clean, yet a lot of painstaking detail in the etching. With the natural red paint forming geometric accents across the entire surface, and the bold black dragonflies, it really makes the piece pop and take on a modern feel against the white textured clay. The piece is signed by the artist. Learn More
  5. Mata Ortiz Pottery Abel Lopez Green Iguana Lizard Gila Monster Pot
    $89.00
    Always great to support a young artist who is seeking to carry on a tradition that they learned from their parents! Abel Lopez is the young son of the highly sought after Master Potter Leonel Lopez. At only 21 years of age, Abel has mastered the unique sgraffito style of his famous father. He builds up layers of paint using the traditional paintbrush crafted of long strands of human hair, but then adds an extra step to etch and reveal the color of the clay below to form his gorgeous designs. Abel works in both animal designs, and modern geometrical work, always seeking to be unique in his creations. This pot features Gila Monsters or Iguanas that appear to crawl playfully over the surface of this piece. It is signed by the artist. Learn More
  6. Oaxacan Wood Carving Saul And Alma Aragon One Piece Roadrunner
    $210.00
    A fantastic road runner wood carving by Saul Aragon and his wife Alma Arreola. I love the details in the pops of bright color against the earthy base color, the metallic silver beak, the textural indentations on the edge of the wings and in the beautiful tail feathers, the carved deep set eyes, and the beautiful ridged crown of feathers. The paint design honors traditional Zapotec Indian symbolism, and is painted in fine detail throughout the piece. We met this wonderfully talented couple on one of our last trips to Oaxaca, and we are so excited to carry their spectacular wood carvings! Saul and Alma are from Arrazola, a beautiful town just outside of Oaxaca City, and the village that many would call the birthplace of the Oaxacan Wood Carvings. Arrazola is located close to the famous ruins of Monte Alban and the newly opened ruins at Atzompa. The area is rich in history and tradition, and you can readily see the traditional patterns displayed prominently in the designs of Saul and Alma. The family has been carving these fantastic pieces since the 1980's, and their expertise really shows. Although paying homage to the traditions of the past, Saul and Alma are always looking towards the future as well. Saul is the President of the EcoAlebrijes Association, a cooperative of fifteen families from Arrazola that are committed to respecting the natural resources used in their work, and protecting the future of the copal trees from which the carvers craft these fantastic creatures that we all love so much. We especially love their reforestation projects! This piece was signed by the artists, and there are no removable parts. Learn More
  7. Mata Ortiz Pottery Claudia Ledezma White Clay Black Paint Carved 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 Claudia Ledezma Brown Clay Black Paint Wolf And Deer 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 unusual wolf and deer that appear on this piece, and all the cool geometric designs that really pop in this gorgeous earthy brown clay! 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
  9. Mata Ortiz Pottery Elijio Ortiz Black On Black Paquime Cutout Lipped Pot
    $150.00
    A great affordable way to own a piece of art made by the famous Ortiz Family of Mata Ortiz, Mexico! Absolutely gorgeous pottery from Elijio Ortiz, the son of the world famous (now deceased) Master Potter Chevo Ortiz... one of the finest potters of the Barrio Porvenir section of town, and a pioneer in the art form. We just love the fact that Elijio is carrying on the traditions that he learned from his father, and thus keeping his spirit and art alive. For us at DeSilva Imports, this pottery has a special value for its social impact, and its preservation of ancient traditions. The work of Elijio is very nicely formed and painted. This piece features a tall lip that contains multiple cutouts shaped as Puertas de Paquime, or the doors that are found in the nearby ruins of Paquime. Cutouts create a whole different degree of difficulty for a successful traditional firing. It is a bargain for the level of expertise of this young potter. The piece is signed by the artist, and a pottery display ring will be provided 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, such as with this pot, 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. One in every four or five pots break in a traditional firing. It is definitely a labor of love! Learn More
  10. Mata Ortiz Pottery Humberto Pina Medium Sgraffito Black Road Runners Green Seed Pot
    $75.00
    Humberto Pina is one of the cool young guys of Mata Ortiz who is creating exceptionally well done pottery in an affordable range of prices. His talent is enormous. As a young artist and a great person, we love selling Humberto's work.. and it never stays in stock for long! We have been drawn to Humberto's work since we very first started coming to Mata Ortiz. His animal, bird and reptile designs are outstanding! In Spanish the name for the road runner is correcaminos, and you can actually see them in the area surrounding the village. This seed pot features the mighty roadrunners at play across the surface of the piece. The design is done in the sgraffito technique, where layers of paint are built up, in this case using a handmade paint brush crafted of long strands of human hair, and then etched to reveal the color of the clay below the painted areas. The pot is signed by the artist, and a pottery display ring will be provided with your purchase at no additional cost. Learn More

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