Master Potters Guadalupe Ledezma Quezada and Karla Quintana Vasquez are a husband and wife team, and two very popular second generation of potters from Mata Ortiz, Mexico. Both potters learned the art of Mata Ortiz Pottery from their incredibly talented parents Guadalupe is well known for his animal pieces that feature an animal such as an owl popping out of the top of the pot, with the paint design revolving around the black painted cuadricula squares on an elegant and rich brown clay background that he learned from his mother. Karla Quintana Vasquez was born on February 14, 1984 in nearby Colonia Cuahtemoc to Tomas Quintana and Gloria Vasquez. She learned the art of Mata Ortiz pottery at the age of 17 by assisting her well known father with his work. Karla takes the sculptural quality of her father’s animal figures and decorates adorable turtles in the style of her husband Guadalupe. It is wonderful to see two very talented potters preserving the traditions of their talented parents, insuring that these traditions survive for future generations! Guadalupe and Karla are attracted to the art of Mata Ortiz pottery for this exact reason, to preserve the traditions that they both fell in love with as young children. While it is their true love and passion, it has also become their primary source of income, supporting their family that includes three young daughters. Our hope is that these children will later continue the traditions of Guadalupe and Karla! This piece is one of Karla's small turtles. We love it! Very detailed and precise. It is signed by the artist.
Approximate Measurements: 1 3/8" high x 2 1/4" wide x 3 1/8" deep