Trini Silveira is a fine second generation potter from the famous village of Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua, Mexico. Hailing from the Silveira Family of the Porvenir section of the village, she is part of one of the most well-known families of quality potters, and Lila Silveira’s sister. Trini Silveira’s mother is Socorro Sandoval, one of the most respected potters in town, who is especially well known for her skill at hand building magnificent thin walled pots. Trini began her career as a potter making the traditional style that her neighborhood Porvenir is known for. At the young age of only twelve years old, Trini began learning the art of Mata Ortiz pottery by watching her parents. One of the most remarkable aspects of the career of Trini Silveira, in our humble opinion, is that she immigrated with her husband to the United States yet still carries on the beautiful traditions of her family. Even with the long distances traveled between San Diego, California and Mata Ortiz, Mexico, Trini continues to practice her art form in the manner traditional to her village. She returns to Mexico several times a year to bring back hand formed pots, which she then paints with human hair brushes and fires at home in a more modern electric kiln that meets the regulations of her new community. Trini is the only one of the Mata Ortiz artists to have immigrated to the United States, yet still regularly continues to practice and remain faithful to the traditions handed down to her by her parents. She is well known for the simple elegance of her pottery, which she decorates with precisely painted designs. She takes great care to paint her designs with the human hair brush. One of her popular designs is a combination of finely detailed lines that form a geometric pattern of precision. This design actually resulted from a mistake she made while painting a different design. To incorporate the design, she created a geometric pattern. She liked it so much, that she continues to use it to this day. It is her signature piece, and we are amazed by her talent! In 2017 Trini entered the annual pottery juried art show (Concurso) in Mata Ortiz for the first time, and she took 1st place in the category of new and innovative design. She also won second prize in 2018.
I love the interesting mix of the traditional and modern symbolism in this unique piece. Trini's precisely painted signature traditional cuadricula squares pattern, is accented by the traditional stylized macaw beaks. Macaw feathers were traded up from Central America, and the macaw became a sacred symbol for the ancient Casas Grandes Culture. The pattern on this piece is bold, modern and confident. The execution is spot on and precise, and a design that not all artists are able to achieve using a paint brush made entirely of long strands of human hair. The painted designs are well thought out in it's layout, and done in a matte finish where the pot has not been further polished after the painting. There is just so much work packed into this piece! Gorgeous!
Approximate Measurements: 5 3/4" high x 5" wide (15" in circumference at it's widest point)