Lazaro Ozuna is another well known potter in the village. He is popular for the quality and intricacy of his pots. Lazaro learned the art of hand building Mata Ortiz pottery from his cousin Tavo Silveira, and you can readily see Tavo's influence on Lazaro's work. They both favor the use of both painting and carving out large areas of design on the surface of thin walled pots. Lazaro hand forms his pots without the use of a potter's wheel, from clay that has been dug from the surrounding countryside and strained to remove the impurities. As such, the clay is the purest and easiest to work with, so say the artists from Mata Ortiz. The painting on this piece was done with paint made from natural pigments and minerals by the artists, and applied with handcrafted brushes made of long strands of human hair! The pot is polished with an agate stone to achieve a beautiful shine.
We loved this medium size pot, from the moment that we saw it! The combination of the matte black almost chocolate brown clay with the red paint and the white traditional designs lends a wonderful modern appeal to the piece. The areas of the design that have been carved out lend a wonderful textural appeal to the pot. The pot is signed by the artist, and a pottery ring is provided for free with your purchase.
Approximate Measurements: 6 5/8" high x 5 5/8" wide (17 1/2" in circumference)