This piece has been on order for about a year, but when I received it, all trepidation of having waited a year just simply melted away! Laura Bugarini is one of the true Masters of the second generation of Mata Ortiz potters! 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. Among 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 among 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 2013 National Ceramics Awards in the burnished pottery category in Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Such an honor to be named as one of the very best potters in a whole nation!! In 2015 Laura won the Gran Premio Nacional del Arte Popular Mexicano, one of the most important national level recognitions for folk artists, and also took home 1st prize in her category at the Mata Ortiz pottery competition. Laura Bugarini won the Outstanding Woman in the Arts for the State of Chihuahua in 2016. Laura is the 1st woman in Mata Ortiz to win this prize, the highest award in their state across all art forms. In 2016 Laura was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Northeastern Chihuahua, again being the 1st woman artist from Mata Ortiz to be admitted. 2016 also saw Laura and Hector take home the top two prizes in the Mata Ortiz Concurso, where Laura won Best in Show and Hector won the Excellence Award for the best piece among all previous Best in Show winners. Just amazing! They deserve all these accolades and more! 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 fine art level painting with miniature detail. There is currently about a year waiting period for one of Laura's pieces... but upon seeing this, you will know why! Just incredible! There is a definite reason why Laura's work is so highly prized and sought after. These pieces just never last!
This miniature egg shaped pot shows the variety in Laura's talent. While you often see large scale pieces from Laura, we really appreciate the very small pieces with the miniature bands of precision geometric design. On a small surface such as this one, the degree of difficult just multiplies enormously! A classic and elegant piece with a beautiful modern flair. This piece was signed by the artist.
Approximate Measurements: 2 7/8" high x 2 1/8" wide (6 5/8" in circumference)