Absolutely beautiful on a gorgeous earthy reddish brown clay background... a stunning work of craftsmanship! This pattern is so intricate..and to think that it was painted by hand with a home made paint brush crafted of human hair! This Day of the Dead scene is expertly executed. The lines are precise and beautiful. The skeletons depicted appear to be in the midst of a party, complete with dancing and music. So much fun! Then they are surrounded with a heart and butterflies and beautifully detailed lace that covers the rest of the surface of this spectacular pot! Javier's wife Gaby was instrumental in developing the gorgeous and intricate lace pattern that graces the surface of this piece! A gorgeous work of art! This is a pattern that no one else in the village even attempts to copy, as it is painstakingly crafted out of a labor of love.This pattern is so intricate. Each flower petal outline is etched individually in the sgraffito technique to reveal the color of the clay below, and then further etched to include miniature detail on each petal. The flowery forms are then joined to create a lovely lace pattern that covers the surface of the piece. It takes a huge amount of time to craft each piece! And the technique gives the piece a beautiful textural appeal! Javier is self taught and only began to achieve recognition a few years ago, after having also taught his wife Gaby Perez the art of Mata Ortiz pottery! As the town mechanic and brick layer, Javier took the Mata Ortiz Pottery community by storm when he won the 1st Place prize at the 2013 Concurso, the annual juried art show sponsored by the Mexican government. Then in 2014, Javier took home the Excelencia Award, the Best in Show Award among all previous 1st Place winners! Amazing work!! The piece is signed by the artist. Stunning museum quality work from a true artist! A pottery display ring will be included at no extra cost.
Approximate measurements:10" high x 7 1/2" wide x 24 1/4" circumference at it's widest point