Lila Silveira is one of the finest potters in the village of Mata Ortiz. She was also 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 clays 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. You won't find her listed in the famous book The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz, as she and her talented (ex)husband Carlos Carrillo were away from the village on their honeymoon. An interesting twist of fate in itself! Lila has won numerous awards for her work, and was selected as one of the top twenty potters to participate in a Mata Ortiz exhibition that traveled to Limoges and to Paris, France. She was actually asked to go to France to represent the village and demonstrate her art techniques, but passed up the opportunity because she had never flown before! With her fame and talent, it is no wonder that her work is highly sought after around the globe by pottery collectors. I love the chocolate brown color that this pot takes on after the firing of it's matte black clay, combined with the finely applied natural white and red paint that Lila makes herself. The designs are crisp and well painted, all with the traditional hand crafted paint brushes made out of long strands of human hair! The sculpted top makes the perfect eye catching detail for this piece, without overwhelming it. The piece is signed by the artist.
Approximate Measurements: 5 1/4" high x 4 1/2" (14 1/2" in circumference at its widest point)