Maria Acosta is another well known potter in the village. She is popular for the quality and affordability of her pots. Maria Acosta hand forms her 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 also polished with an agate stone to achieve a beautiful shine. This particular piece is crafted of a matte black clay that has a rich chocolate brown tone, and then perfectly accented with pink and white paint that is handcrafted from natural pigments and minerals. This pot features a stylized version of the four sacred points (north, south, east and west) that is found at the entrance to the nearby ruins of Paquime. The squared lip on this piece is a nice accent, without overpowering the design of the piece. The pot is signed by the artist, and a pottery ring is always provided for free with your purchase.
Approximate Measurements: 6" high x 4 3/4" wide (15 1/4" in circumference)