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  1. Mata Ortiz Pottery Olga Quezada Museum Quality Brown Clay With Cuadricula Squares Wedding Pot
    $295.00
    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
  2. Mata Ortiz Pottery Jesus Hernandez Medium Brown Clay Egg Pot Geometric Designs
    $75.00
    Jesus Hernandez is the brother of the more well known pottery sisters Mirna, Norma and Martha Hernandez. Unlike his sisters, Jesus is more of a hidden talent among the potters of Mata Ortiz, so his pottery continues to be very affordable, yet crafted quite beautifully. We love the simple elegance and the respect for tradition that is shown in this stunning medium size piece! Jesus Hernandez 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 pot is polished with an agate stone to achieve a beautiful shine, before being painted.The painting on this piece was done with paint made from natural pigments and minerals by the artists, and applied with handcrafted brushes made of long strands of human hair! A true labor of love! This pot extremely well crafted and formed in an egg shape. The design features beautiful geometric patterns, harking back to the work of his sister Mirna Hernandez. This piece is signed by the artist, and a pottery ring will be included with no additional charge. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. Mata Ortiz Pottery Mirna Hernandez Small Egg Shaped 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 egg shaped version of Mirna's classic design, and it is signed by the artist. Learn More
  5. 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
  6. Mata Ortiz Pottery Guadalupe Ledezma Miniature Owl Pot
    $60.00
    This is a miniature version of Guadalupe Ledezma's incredible pot with an owl popping out of it! So adorable! 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 magnificent owl poking it's head out from the top of this pot is fantastic! It combines everything that we love in the whimsy of traditional folk art, with the modern aspects of fine art. The natural polish that he has achieved through the hand burnishing of the surface with an agate stone is amazing! And the fine detail in both the painting and the sculpture of the owl is spectacular. Like all of our pottery, this pot has been signed by the artist. Learn More
  7. Mata Ortiz Pottery Salvador Baca Black On Black Medium Carved Jar
    $360.00
    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 high polish piece is incredible for the beautiful painted and carved design that combines a high polish surface with matte painted designs. The carving technique adds some weight to the piece, but compared to similar pieces that are carved, Salvador's work still ranks above the rest in our opinion! Museum quality! One of our very favorites of all the pieces that we purchased on our last trip to Mata Ortiz! Learn More
  8. Mata Ortiz Pottery Cesar D. Nunez Gloria Reyes Black With Multicolor Pot
    $110.00
    There is a great modern appeal in this fantastic pot by Cesar Dominguez Nunez and Gloria Reyes. A great representative of the black with multi color paint applied with hair brushes crafted from long strands of human hair. Such detail! Wow! The work of Cesar and Gloria is one of our favorites in this style due to the beautiful level of precision and detail in their work. Cesar and Gloria took 3rd place in the 2013 Mata Ortiz Concurso (government sponsored pottery competition) for a piece that they collaborated on together. In 2014, Cesar and Gloria each won prizes in the annual pottery competition, where Cesar took home second place and Gloria third place in their category. In 2017 the couple took home first place. Again in 2018, Cesar was awarded first place in his category for this most recent Concurso. There is just no stopping them! Truly beautiful work from multiple award winning artists! We can definitely recommend adding a piece from these two artists to your collection. Their trademark style is this very detailed multi color painted designs on a high polish black surface. The high shine comes from hand polishing with an agate stone, and the precise painting is done with long strands of human hair! Stunning! The piece is signed by the artists, and a pottery display ring will be included at no additional cost. Learn More
  9. Mata Ortiz Pottery Mirna Hernandez Small Tall Lipped 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 version with a tall lip, and it is signed by the artist. Learn More
  10. Mata Ortiz Pottery Tomas Quintana Small Javelina
    $60.00
    Tomas Quintana is another very fine multiple award winning potter, who resides just outside of Mata Ortiz in Cuahtemoc. Tomas is widely collected for the beauty and sculptural quality in various animal and reptile forms. There is just no one who is able to sculpt the clay quite in the same way as Tomas Quintana and his wife Gloria Vasquez. The bounds of their creativity appear to be limitless! Tomas and Gloria are featured on page 149 of the new book: The Artistry and History of Mata Ortiz. These javelinas are so cool... And affordable too! Like all our pottery, this pot was signed by the artist. Learn More

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