Angel Amaya is another of the artists who just consistently captures our attention. His pottery is so unique in the village, and always draws us in. He is a potter from the Barrio Porvenir section of town, who has established his own readily identifiable design style. The pottery is fired to a brilliant deep terracotta brown color, and combined with fine detailed white paint designs in patterns reflecting an appreciation of the traditional styles. This may be in part because he learned to paint from Juan Quezada's sister Consolacion, and her son Mauro. Angel Amaya is featured on page 82 of the famous book that became the go to written documentary of Mata Ortiz and the earlier pottery families.. "The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz". To this day, you will see collectors traveling the village, book in hand, to obtain the autograph of the potters featured in this wonderful book.The combination of colors is just outstanding, and the technique involved is masterful. The earthy qualities remind us of the land that it comes from, as the clay is dug locally, and the masterful white painting sets it apart from others. We love the legends surrounded the traditional use of the matrimony wedding pots. According to local lore these pots were used in wedding ceremonies to symbolize the union of the two families. Water from each family's house would be combined in the pot, then the bride and groom would each drink out of either size of the pot. The mixture of the water would symbolize the union of both houses through the marriage. Beautiful! The piece is signed by the artist.
Approximate Measurements: 7 1/2" high x 4 1/4" wide (14" circumference at it's widest point)