Jerardo Tena is another fine potter from among the second generation of potters in Mata Ortiz, who has received numerous awards for his pottery, and travels extensively for exhibitions here in the US. Jerardo is featured on page 179 of the famous book: The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz. Jerardo and his wife Norma are fantastic artists who are known for the precision of both their painting and their pottery skills. They have won too many prizes to list here, taking home a prize at the Mata Ortiz pottery competition almost every year. Jerardo has traveled extensively in the Southwest region giving demonstrations of his work, and featured in far flung places ranges from an exhibit in Harrisburg, PA, to being one of the featured artists at the Los Angeles Pottery Show.
I have always been drawn to Jerardo Tena's owl effigies! I love the sculptural appeal of this owl with the protruding beak and the horn affect that swirls around the eyes. Then when you combine it with the graphic nature of the traditional symbolism painted on the surface with long strands of human hair, and you have museum quality appeal! The piece is signed by the artist.
Approximate Measurements: 5 1/4" high x 4 3/8" wide x 5 3/8" deep