Lila Silveira is one of the finest potters in the village of Mata Ortiz... and one of our true favorites!! Lila was one of the few lucky ones to have been selected to study under Juan Quezada for several years. As a result of the bond that developed, Juan still shares his clay and even his very special gold paint with Lila. Lila is outstanding in her own right... she makes very thin walled and extremely smooth pottery ollas. Her painting is done in traditional patterns, with precision and attention to detail. Definitely museum quality. You won't find her listed in the famous book The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz, as she and her former husband Carlos Carrillo were away from the village on their honeymoon. An interesting twist of fate in itself! We are proud to call Lila our close friend, and proud to share her work!! An amazing talent and an amazing woman!! Lila was selected as one of the top 20 potters in Mata Ortiz, to participate in an exhibit that traveled to Limoges and Paris, France. A few years back the Governor of Chihuahua hosted all of the Governors from the different states in Mexico. He selected one artist from the entire state in order to represent the beauty of Chihuahua, and Lila was selected to create a special pottery piece for every Governor. She has been featured recently on the cover of a magazine and in international documentaries. She is flourishing, yet her devotion to Mata Ortiz pottery remains the same.
We really love the elegant form of this particular piece. The brown clay is gorgeous and earthy, taking on an almost terracotta color. It is adorned with Lila's precise traditional designs in a thin layer of white paint that is one of the most difficult paints to work with (and usually end up thick and messy), and then accented with a smaller amount of a gorgeous natural gold paint. This gold paint is a favorite secret of Juan Quezada's, and he shares it with Lila to this day as she is known as his favorite student. We love this! Painted with long strands of human hair with a home made paint brush and fired traditionally on the ground, it is elegantly done in Lila's signature style. The pot is signed by the artist. A pottery display ring will be included at no extra cost.
Approximate Measurements: 9 1/4" high x 7 1/4" wide (23" in circumference at its widest point)