Ernesto Ramirez is another well known potter in the village. He is popular for the quality and intricacy of his pots. His designs feature the difficult to achieve cuadricula squares that are distributed evenly across the surface of his pots. Ernesto 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 painting on this piece was done with handcrafted brushes made of long strands of human hair! The pot is polished with an agate stone to achieve a beautiful shine.
We loved this smaller sized size pot, from the moment that we saw it! It is so unique in it's design. The combination of the gorgeous earthy brown clay with the naturally crafted white paint, make for an absolutely stunning combination. The unusual placement of the cuadricula pattern that is accented by elongated white diamonds, reminds me of a spiderweb with all of it's intricacies. The tall lip of the pot adds a unique quality to the form of piece, while the painted pattern on the neck in itself stands out as a pattern not always seen. We love an artist with the originality and confidence to put their own unique spin on this gorgeous artform. The pot is signed by the artist, and a pottery ring is provided for free with your purchase.
There is a small drop of white on the inner side of the lip that can not been seen from all angles. A reminder that this piece was indeed crafted by the human hand.
Approximate Measurements: 5" high x 5" wide (13 3/4" in circumference)