Stunning! Absolutely Stunning!! If it was possible to classify, Museum Quality would not even be good enough to describe the work of Master Potter Eli Navarette. Eli was featured in the original book The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz, and since then he has just continued to innovate and progress in his artwork. Eli has won so many awards year after year that it would be impossible to list them all. His pottery is elegant and incredibly thin walled and light weight - which is the ultimate test for a Mata Ortiz potter. But beyond the superior craftsmanship, Eli is a true artist, always pushing himself to do something new and creative. I will never forget seeing one of his award winning pieces where he used his favorite lizard pattern, but that pattern was created only from the mixture of different clay, and it could be seen from both the inside and the outside of the pottery. Not an ounce of paint, yet a beautiful lizard pattern evenly distributed throughout the piece! Wow! No other artist has pulled that one off in the village.
This piece is one of his traditional highly polished black pieces, with animals hidden throughout the painted design, but on a more medium/large scale to make it a bit more affordable. Although painted with long strands of human hair, these animal designs are crisp and precise. Excellent quality! It is fun to look for the animals around the piece.. lizards, birds, fish.. so many cool details! The sculpted curving nature of the rim of the pot is incredibly difficult to achieve, especially with how thin walled and smooth the interior of this pot is. Thin walls are an ultimate sign of quality, and when you combine this achievement with the intricately sculpted top rim of the pot, you have a truly museum quality piece that most artists never even attempt. I love Eli's attention to detail! Like all the pottery that we feature, this piece is signed by the artist.
Approximate Measurements: 7 3/4" high x 7 7/8" wide (24 3/4" circumference at widest point)