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  1. Oaxacan Wood Carving Alberto Jimenez Medium Angel Eating Watermelon
    $68.00
    What a beautiful Angel eating watermelon wood carving! This finely detailed angel was hand carved and hand painted by the very talented Alberto Jimenez. Alberto is one of the brothers of Maria Jimenez. Together with their brothers, Aaron, Miguel and Candido, they produce some of the highest quality carvings in the village of San Martin Tilcajete. Maria started off practicing embroidery, while her brothers followed the traditional path of wood carving. When her oldest brother Aaron, who carved and painted his own figures, had trouble selling his pieces commercially, Maria stepped in and began painting the figures for her brother. She borrowed her designs from the intricate embroidery patterns that she used, and her brother's business quickly became successful. The family pieces have an elegance that stands out in the village. This angel is definitely no exception. It has all the qualities of whimsy and color that we love in Mexican Folk Art. There are no removable parts, and the piece has been signed by the artist. Learn More
  2. Mata Ortiz Pottery Mariano Quezada Large Textured Tejido Pot With Paquime Lid
    $450.00
    This black textured saucer is extraordinary... unusual and finely crafted, it was hand formed by the award winning second generation artist Mariano Quezada, the talented son of master potter Reynaldo Quezada. Reynaldo is the youngest brother of Juan Quezada. He learned pottery from Juan and his brother Nicolas, and then furthered his skills under his sister Consolacion. Reynaldo pioneered this unusual pottery technique called Tejido..with beautiful indentations all over an even black ware base.It is a beautiful thing to see Mariano carry on the traditions of his father. Some even consider Mariano to have surpassed his father in talent, but we think they are pretty evenly matched. One of our favorite aspects of the traditional art form in Mexico is how these beautiful traditions are passed on within the family. It is a life long gift! This particular piece shows Mariano's creativity, yet base rooted deep in family tradition. He has expanded upon his father's design of an open bowl form by adding the perfect touch of visual appeal with the top made to resemble the doorways of the local ruins of Paquiime! I love this one! It really compliments the form in a beautiful way. I also love how Mariano has added a different textural element to the carved design of the indentations on the very bottom of the piece. This adds another level of difficulty and appeal to the piece! The lidded pot is signed by the artist. A pottery display ring is not necessary. Learn More
  3. Mata Ortiz Pottery Maria Acosta Red And Black Cuadrito Squares Seedpot With Butterfly
    $68.00
    Maria Acosta is another well known potter in the village. She is popular for the quality and affordability of her pots. We just loved these beautiful seed pots, from the moment that we saw them! The combination of the white clay with red and black squares arranged in an eye dazzling pattern reminiscent of a crossword puzzle. The incisions around the seed pot opening give it a very distinctive look as well. And we love the sense of whimsy and fun, with the surprise addition of a butterfly design on the bottom of the seed pot! Maria Acosta hand forms her 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 paint made from natural pigments and minerals by the artists, and applied with handcrafted brushes made of long strands of human hair! The piece is polished with an agate stone to achieve a beautiful shine. The pot is signed by the artist. 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
  4. Mata Ortiz Pottery Maria Acosta Pink Clay With Natural White Paint Traditional Pot
    $89.00
    Maria Acosta is another well known potter in the village. She is popular for the quality and affordability of her pots. Maria Acosta hand forms her 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 paint made from natural pigments and minerals by the artists, and applied with handcrafted brushes made of long strands of human hair! The pot is also polished with an agate stone to achieve a beautiful shine. This particular piece is crafted of a fun earthy pink clay, and then perfectly accented with white paint that is handcrafted from natural pigments and minerals. The pot is signed by the artist, and a pottery ring will be provided at no additional cost. Learn More
  5. Mata Ortiz Pottery Maria Acosta Turquoise And Black Eye Dazzler Squares Seedpot With Stork
    $68.00
    Maria Acosta is another well known potter in the village. She is popular for the quality and affordability of her pots. We just loved these beautiful seed pots, from the moment that we saw them! The combination of the white clay with the turquoise and black squares really pops. The incisions around the seed pot opening give it a very distinctive look as well. And we love the sense of whimsy and fun, with the surprise addition of a stork bird design on the bottom of the seed pot! Maria Acosta hand forms her 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 paint made from natural pigments and minerals by the artists, and applied with handcrafted brushes made of long strands of human hair! The piece is polished with an agate stone to achieve a beautiful shine. The pot is signed by the artist. Learn More
  6. Oaxacan Wood Carving Alberto Jimenez Large Angel Holding Dove
    $89.00
    What a beautiful Angel Wood Carving! This finely detailed angel was hand carved and hand painted by the very talented Alberto Jimenez. Alberto is one of the brothers of Maria Jimenez. Together with their brothers, Aaron, Miguel and Candido, they produce some of the highest quality carvings in the village of San Martin Tilcajete. Maria started off practicing embroidery, while her brothers followed the traditional path of wood carving. When her oldest brother Aaron, who carved and painted his own figures, had trouble selling his pieces commercially, Maria stepped in and began painting the figures for her brother. She borrowed her designs from the intricate embroidery patterns that she used, and her brother's business quickly became successful. The family pieces have an elegance that stands out in the village. This angel is definitely no exception. It has all the qualities of whimsy and color that we love in Mexican Folk Art. The angel appears holding a dove in her hands, and the painting is of the highest quality. There are no removable parts, and the piece has been signed by the artist. Learn More
  7. Oaxacan Wood Carving Candido Jimenez Floral Pig
    $45.00
    This beautiful pig was hand carved out of copal wood by the very talented Candido Jimenez. Candido is one of the brothers of Maria Jimenez. Together with their brothers, Aaron, Miguel and Alberto, they produce some of the highest quality carvings in the village of San Martin Tilcajete. Maria started off practicing embroidery, while her brothers followed the traditional path of wood carving. When her oldest brother Aaron, who carved and painted his own figures, had trouble selling his pieces, Maria stepped in and began painting the figures for her brother. She borrowed her designs from the intricate embroidery patterns that she used, and her brother's business quickly became successful. The family pieces have an elegance that stands out in the village. This pig is definitely no exception.. We just love the bold and colorful floral pattern! It has all the qualities of whimsy and color that we love in Mexican Folk Art. There are no removable parts, and the piece has been signed by the artist. Learn More
  8. Oaxacan Wood Carving Candido Jimenez Red Floral Dog
    $60.00
    We just love the colors of this dog! This wood carving was hand painted by Candido Jimenez. Candido is one of the brothers of Maria Jimenez. Together with their brothers, Aaron, Miguel and Alberto, they produce some of the highest quality carvings in the village of San Martin Tilcajete. Maria started off practicing embroidery, while her brothers followed the traditional path of wood carving. When her oldest brother Aaron, who carved and painted his own figures, had trouble selling his pieces commercially, Maria stepped in and began painting the figures for her brother. She borrowed her designs from the intricate embroidery patterns that she used, and her brother's business quickly became successful. The family pieces have an elegance that stands out in the village. This dog is no exception. We just love the colorful floral pattern, the floppy ears, the adorable face and the perky tail! It has all the qualities of whimsy and color that we love in Mexican Folk Art. The tail is removable for safe shipping, and the piece has been signed by the artist. Learn More
  9. Oaxacan Wood Carving Candido Jimenez Red And Blue Pig With Flowers
    $45.00
    This pig was hand carved out of copal wood and hand painted by the very talented Candido Jimenez. Quite stunning! Candido is one of the brothers of Maria Jimenez. Together with their brothers, Aaron, Miguel and Alberto, they produce some of the highest quality carvings in the village of San Martin Tilcajete. Maria started off practicing embroidery, while her brothers followed the traditional path of wood carving. When her oldest brother Aaron, who carved and painted his own figures, had trouble selling his pieces commercially, Maria stepped in and began painting the figures for her brother. She borrowed her designs from the intricate embroidery patterns that she used, and her brother's business quickly became successful. The family pieces have an elegance that stands out in the village. This pig is definitely no exception.. We just love the bold and colorful floral pattern! And the addition of the bees in the design is so much fun! It has all the qualities of whimsy and color that we love in Mexican Folk Art. There are no removable parts, and the piece has been signed by the artist. Learn More
  10. Oaxacan Wood Carving Alberto Jimenez Angel Eating Watermelon
    $68.00
    What a beautiful Angel eating watermelon wood carving! This finely detailed angel was hand carved and hand painted by the very talented Alberto Jimenez. Alberto is one of the brothers of Maria Jimenez. Together with their brothers, Aaron, Miguel and Candido, they produce some of the highest quality carvings in the village of San Martin Tilcajete. Maria started off practicing embroidery, while her brothers followed the traditional path of wood carving. When her oldest brother Aaron, who carved and painted his own figures, had trouble selling his pieces commercially, Maria stepped in and began painting the figures for her brother. She borrowed her designs from the intricate embroidery patterns that she used, and her brother's business quickly became successful. The family pieces have an elegance that stands out in the village. This angel is definitely no exception. It has all the qualities of whimsy and color that we love in Mexican Folk Art. There are no removable parts, and the piece has been signed by the artist. Learn More

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