Collaboration work is one of our absolute favorites! It is just incredible to watch the fusion between two powerhouse artists and their incredible talent! Laura Bugarini and her husband Hector Gallegos Jr are two of the finest of the second generation of potters in Mata Ortiz. Their work is highly sought after for it's quality and intricacy, and well as for how unique it is. Amongst many awards, the couple won the first place award at the 2009 Concurso de Ceramica in Mata Ortiz (the annual juried art show) in the category of Miniatures. They won 1st place again in 2011 in the category of Sgraffito with another collaboration piece. They won Best in Show Galardon in 2012 for their collaboration work!! Then followed it up in 2013 with the Excellencia Award, or the top prize amongst all previous Best in Show Award winners! And as if it just couldn't get any better - Laura Bugarini also took home first place in the National Ceramics Awards in the burnished pottery category this last year in Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Such an honor to be named as one of the very best potters in a whole nation!! Just amazing, and they deserve all the accolades! But their work was well known before this. Laura developed her own amazing style at a very young age. The level of detail in her painting is amazing, and it is hard to believe that she uses the traditional method of painting with a homemade paint brush made out of a few strands of fine children's hair. She is an expert in both pottery, and fine art level painting. Hector learned pottery from his parents, Master Potters Hector and Graciela Gallegos, but specializes in the sgraffito style. The paint is built up in layers, and then basically finely and slowly scratched or incised, to reveal the color of the level below. He is a master at this technique, and the best in Mata Ortiz. It is so finely done that you would barely know by touching it. This gorgeous masterpiece combines both of these amazing artists' styles.
Approximate Measurements: 4 7/8" high x 5 5/8" wide (7 7/8" in circumference)
Base measures about 1/2" high x 1 3/4" wide