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  1. Mata Ortiz Pottery Guadalupe Ledezma Miniature Eagle Pot
    $60.00
    Guadalupe Ledezma is the son of Olga Quezada Hernandez and Humberto Ledezma. He began making pottery when he was 17 years old, and is now in his late 20's or early 30's. I love the way that he has based his designs on the traditional style of his parents, yet adapted it with his own personal touch. The addition of the eagle poking it's head out from the top of this pot is fantastic! Just check out that beak! It combines everything that we love in the whimsy of traditional folk art, with the modern aspects of fine art.The clay used in this piece is dug by the artists from the surrounding countryside, and the pot is hand built without the use of a potter's wheel. The painting is done with natural paints that are applied with brushes made of long strands of human hair. The shine comes from polishing the piece by hand with an agate stone.Like all of our pottery, this pot has been signed by the artist. A pottery display ring will be included at no extra cost. Learn More
  2. Mata Ortiz Pottery Guadalupe Ledezma Eagle Pot
    $120.00
    Guadalupe Ledezma is the son of Olga Quezada Hernandez and Humberto Ledezma. He began making pottery when he was 17 years old, and is now in his late 20's or early 30's. I love the way that he has based his designs on the traditional style of his parents, yet adapted it with his own personal touch. The addition of the eagle poking it's head out from the top of this pot is fantastic! Just check out that beak! It combines everything that we love in the whimsy of traditional folk art, with the modern aspects of fine art.The clay used in this piece is dug by the artists from the surrounding countryside, and the pot is hand built without the use of a potter's wheel. The painting is done with natural paints that are applied with brushes made of long strands of human hair. The shine comes from polishing the piece by hand with an agate stone.Like all of our pottery, this pot has been signed by the artist. A pottery display ring will be included at no extra cost. Learn More
  3. Mata Ortiz Pottery Octavio Silveira Jr Sgraffito Quail With Cactus Small Seedpot
    $45.00
    Octavio Silveira Jr. 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 that critical artistic eye that his parents have. His designs are crisp and clean, and his line work is amazing for an artist who is barely in his twenties. This unusual and modern quail with cactus design 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 around the lip and across the entire surface, and the black quail and cactus, 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
  4. Mata Ortiz Pottery Octavio Silveira Jr Seahorse And Fish Egg Shape Pot
    $75.00
    Octavio Silveira Jr. 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 that critical artistic eye that his parents have. His designs are crisp and clean, and his line work is amazing for an artist who is barely in his twenties. This unusual and modern seahorse and fish 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 and the black seahorse and fish, it really makes the piece pop and take on a modern feel against the white textured clay. The bubbles coming from both the fish and the seahorse add the perfect cheerful touch of whimsy. And I love the egg shape of the pot. The piece is signed by the artist, and a pottery display ring will be included at no additional cost. Learn More
  5. Mata Ortiz Pottery Karla Quintana Sgraffito Hummingbirds Flowers
    $89.00
    Master Potters Guadalupe Ledezma Quezada and Karla Quintana Vasquez are a husband and wife team, and two very popular second generation of potters from Mata Ortiz, Mexico. Both potters learned the art of Mata Ortiz Pottery from their incredibly talented parents Guadalupe is well known for his animal pieces that feature an animal such as an owl popping out of the top of the pot, with the paint design revolving around the black painted cuadricula squares on an elegant and rich brown clay background that he learned from his mother. Karla Quintana Vasquez was born on February 14, 1984 in nearby Colonia Cuahtemoc to Tomas Quintana and Gloria Vasquez. She learned the art of Mata Ortiz pottery at the age of 17 by assisting her well known father with his work. Karla takes the sculptural quality of her father’s animal figures and decorates adorable turtles in the style of her husband Guadalupe. It is wonderful to see two very talented potters preserving the traditions of their talented parents, insuring that these traditions survive for future generations! Guadalupe and Karla are attracted to the art of Mata Ortiz pottery for this exact reason, to preserve the traditions that they both fell in love with as young children. While it is their true love and passion, it has also become their primary source of income, supporting their family that includes three young daughters. Our hope is that these children will later continue the traditions of Guadalupe and Karla! This piece is one of Karla's cool and modern hummingbird pots. We love it! Very detailed and precise. It is done in the sgraffito technique where layers of paint are built up, and then etched to reveal the color of the clay below. A labor of love! This piece is signed by the artist, and a pottery display ring will be included at no extra charge. Learn More
  6. Mata Ortiz Pottery Salvador Baca Museum Quality Mixed Clay Carved And Painted 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 in Mata Ortiz! Learn More
  7. Mata Ortiz Pottery Mirna Hernandez Small Round White Clay Pot With Geometrics
    $60.00
    Although recently separated, Mirna Hernandez was the very talented wife of Tavo Silveira, who took the top prize (Galardon - Best in Show!) in the 2012 and 2018 pottery competition sponsored by the government in Mata Ortiz, and has won a prize in almost every competition around. Mirna works side by side with Tavo, helping him craft his famous work. Most pieces are signed by both artists as a result. But Mirna Hernandez is a talent that can very much stand on her own. She has won several awards for her work, and is a truly talented second generation artist. Her painting technique is incredible and she has a great eye for symmetry and all the fine details, while still being painted by home made paint brushes crafted of long strands of human hair.. I really enjoy the graphic nature of this piece. Truly eye catching! And the pot itself is so lightweight! This is the ultimate sign of quality in a Mata Ortiz pot. This is a small round version of Mirna's classic design, and it is signed by the artist. Learn More
  8. Mata Ortiz Pottery Olga Quezada Museum Quality Brown Clay With Cuadricula Squares Lipped Pot
    $240.00
    Olga Quezada Hernandez is one of the first generation master potters whose work is highly sought after in Mata Ortiz, Mexico. She is married to Humberto Ledezma, and her son is the very well known potter Guadalupe Ledezma. Olga Quezada works in the traditional cuadricula pattern of squares, and favors the use of a gorgeous deep earthy brown clay that stands out from the rest. Her work is easily identifiable for it's beauty, precision and precisely painted design. Olga is one of the few original first generation potters that are still faithfully crafting gorgeous pottery, and her work bears all the hallmarks of light weight museum quality work. There is so much elegance in this piece. Contemporary, modern and sleek.. yet using all of the traditional techniques of Mata Ortiz pottery. With all of the precision in this piece, it is hard to believe that it was hand polished using an agate stone and painted with long strands of human hair. The clay used in this piece has been dug from the local countryside, and then refined to remove most impurities. This allows the clay to be used in hand forming this pot without the use of a potters wheel! Spectacular! The piece is signed by the artist, and a pottery ring will be included at no additional charge. Learn More
  9. Mata Ortiz Pottery Karla Quintana Miniature Turtle
    $30.00
    Master Potters Guadalupe Ledezma Quezada and Karla Quintana Vasquez are a husband and wife team, and two very popular second generation of potters from Mata Ortiz, Mexico. Both potters learned the art of Mata Ortiz Pottery from their incredibly talented parents Guadalupe is well known for his animal pieces that feature an animal such as an owl popping out of the top of the pot, with the paint design revolving around the black painted cuadricula squares on an elegant and rich brown clay background that he learned from his mother. Karla Quintana Vasquez was born on February 14, 1984 in nearby Colonia Cuahtemoc to Tomas Quintana and Gloria Vasquez. She learned the art of Mata Ortiz pottery at the age of 17 by assisting her well known father with his work. Karla takes the sculptural quality of her father’s animal figures and decorates adorable turtles in the style of her husband Guadalupe. It is wonderful to see two very talented potters preserving the traditions of their talented parents, insuring that these traditions survive for future generations! Guadalupe and Karla are attracted to the art of Mata Ortiz pottery for this exact reason, to preserve the traditions that they both fell in love with as young children. While it is their true love and passion, it has also become their primary source of income, supporting their family that includes three young daughters. Our hope is that these children will later continue the traditions of Guadalupe and Karla! This piece is one of Karla's small turtles. We love it! Very detailed and precise. It is signed by the artist. Learn More
  10. Mata Ortiz Pottery Octavio Silveira Jr Sgraffito Dragonflies Small Seedpot
    $45.00
    Octavio Silveira Jr. 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 that critical artistic eye that his parents have. His designs are crisp and clean, and his line work is amazing for an artist who is barely in his twenties. This unusual and modern draginfly 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 around the lip and across the entire surface, and the black and red 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

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