Nallely Aldavaz recently learned the art of Mata Ortiz pottery from her husband Octavio Silveira Jr., who is the son of the world famous Tavo Silveira and Myrna Hernandez, and a third generation potter! This young potter is sure to be the next wave in talent coming out of Mata Ortiz! We love watching these traditions passed down within a family, and the family working side by side on a daily basis. Octavio already has shared his critical artistic eye that he inherited from his parents now with his own wife. Her designs are crisp and clean, and her line work is amazing for an artist who is just barely coming into her own as a potter.
This unusual and modern dragonfly pot is done in the sgraffito technique, where layers of paint are built up and then the surface is etched to reveal the color of the clay below and form the fine details of the design. I love how Octavio has the confidence not usually seen in a young artist to leave this pot simple and clean, yet a lot of painstaking detail in the etching. With the natural red paint forming geometric accents across the entire surface, and the bold black dragonflies, it really makes the piece pop and take on a modern feel against the white textured clay. The piece is signed by the artist.
Approximate Measurements: 3" high x 3 1/2" wide x 11 1/4" in circumference at it's widest point