Olga Quezada Hernandez is one of the first generation master potters whose work is highly sought after in Mata Ortiz, Mexico. She is married to Humberto Ledezma, and her son is the very well known potter Guadalupe Ledezma. Olga Quezada works in the traditional cuadricula pattern of squares, and favors the use of a gorgeous deep earthy brown clay that stands out from the rest. Her work is easily identifiable for it's beauty, precision and precisely painted design. Olga is one of the few original first generation potters that are still faithfully crafting gorgeous pottery, and her work bears all the hallmarks of light weight museum quality work.
There is so much elegance in this piece. Contemporary, modern and sleek.. yet using all of the traditional techniques of Mata Ortiz pottery. With all of the precision in this piece, it is hard to believe that it was hand polished using an agate stone and painted with long strands of human hair. The clay used in this piece has been dug from the local countryside, and then refined to remove most impurities. This allows the clay to be used in hand forming this pot without the use of a potters wheel! Spectacular!
We love the legends surrounded the traditional use of the matrimony wedding pots. According to local lore these pots were used in wedding ceremonies to symbolize the union of the two families. Water from each family's house would be combined in the pot, then the bride and groom would each drink out of either size of the pot. The mixture of the water would symbolize the union of both houses through the marriage. Beautiful! The piece is signed by the artist, and a pottery ring will be included at no additional charge.
Approximate Measurements: 7 3/4" high x 7 1/8" wide (21 1/2" circumference at it's widest point)