Tomasa Mora is one of the hidden talents of Mata Ortiz, yet she and her husband Armando Silveira come from a large family of talented potters in Mata Ortiz. Tomasa is a Master Potter in the sense that she crafts every stage of her pottery from the hand building without the use of a potter's wheel, to the burnishing of the pottery by hand polishing it with an agate stone that achieve a brilliant natural shine, to the making of the paints from natural pigments and minerals and the painting of the designs with long strands of human hair, to the traditional firing of her pieces on the ground in their backyard. Tomasa Mora is a "go to" artist for well done, yet economical pieces and as such is a favorite of dealers in Mata Ortiz Pottery. We are drawn to her black on black work, where the pottery is first painted and then fired in the oxygen reduction method to achieve the all over black color. The shine on her pieces is just brilliant. And I love that they still use the series of indentations around the top of the pot. This was the traditional style that represented their neighborhood, the Barrio Porvenir. You don't see this design used frequently these days, and it is nice to see Tomasa and her husband Armando Silveira paying homage to those who taught them. This piece is signed by the artist. A pottery display ring will be included at no extra cost.
Approximate Measurements: 8" high x 6 1/2" wide x 21 1/4" in circumference at it's widest point