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  1. Mata Ortiz Pottery Abraham Rodriguez Medium Sgraffito Desert Nature Scene Deer Big Horn Sheep Birds
    $210.00
    Abraham Rodriguez is a second generation potter who also learned the art of Mata Ortiz Pottery from his well known family members. Abraham is a true cowboy, and rides some of the nicest horses in town. His love of nature can readily be seen in his pottery. Abraham crafts some of the nicest sgraffito work with animal scenes in town. Sgraffito is the technique of building up layers of paint and then carving or etching to reveal the color of the clay below, and is quite the laborious process. At first sight you can see Abraham's love of nature, and he transfers the images into his work with care and respect. Abraham took home 2nd place in his category at the 2017 Mata Ortiz Concurso juried art show. I love the shape and feel of this piece, as well as the high quality work that it represents. The nature scene in the desert features exquisite deer, a big horn ram, birds, and saguaro cactus in the design. And I love the nest of baby owls hiding in a cutout in one of the magnificent saguaro cactus! This piece was signed by the artist, and a pottery ring will be included at no additional charge. Learn More
  2. Mata Ortiz Pottery Abraham Rodriguez Medium Sgraffito Nature Scene Deer Big Horn Sheep And Birds White Clay Pot Red Paint
    $210.00
    Abraham Rodriguez is a second generation potter who also learned the art of Mata Ortiz Pottery from his well known family members. Abraham is a true cowboy, and rides some of the nicest horses in town. His love of nature can readily be seen in his pottery. Abraham crafts some of the nicest sgraffito work with animal scenes in town. Sgraffito is the technique of building up layers of paint and then carving or etching to reveal the color of the clay below, and is quite the laborious process. At first sight you can see Abraham's love of nature, and he transfers the images into his work with care and respect. Abraham took home 2nd place in his category at the 2017 Mata Ortiz Concurso juried art show. I love the shape and feel of this piece, as well as the high quality work that it represents. The nature scene in the desert features exquisite deer, big horn sheep, birds and saguaro cactus designs. This piece was signed by the artist, and a pottery ring will be included at no additional charge. Learn More
  3. Mata Ortiz Pottery Abraham Rodriguez Triple Color Sgraffito Horses On White Clay Pot
    $210.00
    Abraham Rodriguez won 2nd place in the 2017 Concurso, the annual art competition in Mata Ortiz, Mexico for his sgraffito work! Abraham Rodriguez is a second generation potter who also learned the art of Mata Ortiz Pottery from his well known family members. Abraham is a true cowboy, and rides some of the nicest horses in town. His love of nature can readily be seen in his pottery. Abraham crafts some of the nicest sgraffito work with animal scenes in town. Sgraffito is the technique of building up layers of paint and then carving or etching to reveal the color of the clay below, and is quite the laborious process. At first sight you can see Abraham's love of nature, and he transfers the images into his work with care and respect. This piece is a fine example of his nature scene work, that pays homage to the horses that he loves dearly. It holds an incredible visual interest. The pot is done in a wonderful combination of back, red and a highly polished small white section with a horse that stands out in the polished natural color of the off white clay! So cool! This piece was signed by the artist. A pottery ring will be included at no additional charge. Hand made without even the use of a potter’s wheel! Done in the traditional style of Mata Ortiz, with hand forming the piece out of clay that has been dug from the local countryside. The clay is sifted to remove the impurities, making the clay pliable and easier to work with than the standard clay that we find in art supply shops in the US. The artist starts with a flat pancake of clay, then adds a single coil of clay. He pinches the walls upward to form the pot, while scooping out the clay from within, and thinning the walls from the outside at the same time. Larger pieces will include a second coil added at the top. Mata Ortiz pottery is known for how thin walled and light weight it is, which makes it quite difficult to hand build without collapsing along the way. The piece will then dry for several days, before sanding the walls to get the walls. The surface of the pot is protected with a thin layer of oil, before hand polishing the surface with an agate stone. Then the piece is painted with natural paint using a home made brush crafted of long strands of human hair. A low temperature firing is the last step. Although there are some electric kilns in town these days, traditionally the pottery is fired on the ground using local wood similar to cottonwood. If it is a colored pot, the firing area is elevated on bricks to allow air to circulate during the firing, the pot is placed on a tripod or grate, covered with a clay or metal vessel, wood is stacked around the outer vessel and then ignited. Once the wood burns down, then the firing has been completed. If a black pot was desired, then sawdust or cow dung would be spread on the ground inside of the outer vessel and dirt would be used to seal the edges of the outer vessel, so that oxygen does not flow into the firing. Any actual color of clay could be used, and the pot would still turn black. The artist wanted the colors to remain on this piece, so oxygen was allowed to flow during the firing. One in every four or five pots break in a traditional firing. Learn More
  4. Mata Ortiz Pottery Alma Flores Medium To Large White Clay Cuadricula Squares Pot
    $295.00
    Alma Flores is actually the cook at the village's Adobe Hotel. Besides her fine cooking skills, she has a real talent for pottery. We just love the way that she combines hundreds of cuadritos (small squares) to form a beautiful design on her pottery. She learned this art form from Jorge Quintana, but has developed her own unique style. Her painted line work in the cuadricula style is the best around. We have always loved her work! Each tiny square is painted in the traditional manner using a hand crafted paint brush made of long strands of human hair. And the pot is formed by hand as well, without the use of a potter's wheel. This piece features an eye dazzling design of her small squares in a size that is not as commonly seen from Alma. A home run in every aspect! The piece is signed by the artist. A pottery display ring will be provided at no additional cost with your purchase. Learn More
  5. Mata Ortiz Pottery Alma Flores Rounded Egg Shape Large Diamond Design Pot
    $89.00
    Alma Flores is actually the cook at the village's Adobe Hotel. Besides her fine cooking skills, she has a real talent for pottery. We just love the way that she combines hundreds of cuadritos (small squares) to form a beautiful design on her pottery. She learned this art form from Jorge Quintana, but has developed her own unique style. We have always loved her work! In this particular piece she combines the cuadritos into an eye catching and finely executed large and bold diamond pattern. Each tiny square is painted in the traditional manner using a hand crafted paint brush made of long strands of human hair. And the pot is formed by hand as well, without the use of a potter's wheel. A home run in every aspect! This piece is signed by the artist. A pottery display ring will be included at no additional cost. Learn More
  6. Mata Ortiz Pottery Angel Amaya Matrimony Wedding Pot
    $75.00
    Angel Amaya is another of the artists who just consistently captures our attention. His pottery is so unique in the village, and always draws us in. He is a potter from the Barrio Porvenir section of town, who has established his own readily identifiable design style. The pottery is fired to a brilliant deep terracotta brown color, and combined with fine detailed white paint designs in patterns reflecting an appreciation of the traditional styles. This may be in part because he learned to paint from Juan Quezada's sister Consolacion, and her son Mauro. Angel Amaya is featured on page 82 of the famous book that became the go to written documentary of Mata Ortiz and the earlier pottery families.. "The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz". To this day, you will see collectors traveling the village, book in hand, to obtain the autograph of the potters featured in this wonderful book.The combination of colors is just outstanding, and the technique involved is masterful. The earthy qualities remind us of the land that it comes from, as the clay is dug locally, and the masterful white painting sets it apart from others. 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. Learn More
  7. Mata Ortiz Pottery Angel Amaya Medium Large Round Pot With Carved Opening
    $120.00
    Angel Amaya is another of the artists who just consistently capture our attention. His pottery is so unique in the village, and always draws us in. He is a potter from the Barrio Porvenir section of town, who has established his own readily identifiable design style. The pottery is fired to a brilliant Deep Terracotta color, and combined with fine detailed white designs in pattern reflecting an appreciation of the traditional styles. This may be in part because he learned to paint from Juan Quezada's sister Consolacion, and her son Mauro. Angel Amaya is featured on page 82 of the famous book that became the go to written documentary of Mata Ortiz and the earlier pottery families.. "The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz". To this day, you will see collectors traveling the village, book in hand, to obtain the autograph of the potters featured in this wonderful book.The combination of colors is just outstanding, and the technique involved is masterful. The earthy qualities remind us of the land that it comes from, and the masterful white painting sets it apart from others. Learn More
  8. Mata Ortiz Pottery Angel Amaya Medium Large Saucer Pot With Carved Opening
    $120.00
    Angel Amaya is another of the artists who just consistently capture our attention. His pottery is so unique in the village, and always draws us in. He is a potter from the Barrio Porvenir section of town, who has established his own readily identifiable design style. The pottery is fired to a brilliant Deep Terracotta color, and combined with fine detailed white designs in pattern reflecting an appreciation of the traditional styles. This may be in part because he learned to paint from Juan Quezada's sister Consolacion, and her son Mauro. Angel Amaya is featured on page 82 of the famous book that became the go to written documentary of Mata Ortiz and the earlier pottery families.. "The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz". To this day, you will see collectors traveling the village, book in hand, to obtain the autograph of the potters featured in this wonderful book.The combination of colors is just outstanding, and the technique involved is masterful. The earthy qualities remind us of the land that it comes from, and the masterful white painting sets it apart from others. Learn More
  9. Mata Ortiz Pottery Angela Corona Medium Owl
    $60.00
    Absolutely adorable! Full of whimsy and joy! You just can't help but smile seeing this owl pot! We love it! A great and affordable way to begin your Mata Ortiz Pottery collection. Angela Corona is a delightful young woman, and she favors animals in her work. We love her owl designs, as well as her lizards and butterflies. This owl pot is a medium version of the small one that we have always carried. Hand made without even the use of a potter’s wheel! Done in the traditional style of Mata Ortiz, with hand forming the piece out of clay that has been dug from the local countryside. The clay is sifted to remove the impurities, making the clay pliable and easier to work with than the standard clay that we find in art supply shops in the US. The artist starts with a flat pancake of clay, then adds a single coil of clay. He pinches the walls upward to form the pot, while scooping out the clay from within, and thinning the walls from the outside at the same time. Larger pieces will include a second coil added at the top. Mata Ortiz pottery is known for how thin walled and light weight it is, which makes it quite difficult to hand build without collapsing along the way. The piece will then dry for several days, before sanding the walls to get the walls. The surface of the pot is protected with a thin layer of oil, before hand polishing the surface with an agate stone. Then the piece is painted with natural paint using a home made brush crafted of long strands of human hair. A low temperature firing is the last step. Although there are some electric kilns in town these days, traditionally the pottery is fired on the ground using local wood similar to cottonwood. If it is a colored pot, the firing area is elevated on bricks to allow air to circulate during the firing, the pot is placed on a tripod or grate, covered with a clay or metal vessel, wood is stacked around the outer vessel and then ignited. Once the wood burns down, then the firing has been completed. If a black pot was desired, then sawdust or cow dung would be spread on the ground inside of the outer vessel and dirt would be used to seal the edges of the outer vessel, so that oxygen does not flow into the firing. Any actual color of clay could be used, and the pot would still turn black. The artist wanted the colors to remain on this piece, so oxygen was allowed to flow during the firing. One in every four or five pots break in a traditional firing. Learn More
  10. Mata Ortiz Pottery Angela Corona Small Owl
    $30.00
    Absolutely adorable! Full of whimsy and joy! You just can't help but smile seeing this owl pot! we love it! A great and affordable way to begin your Mata Ortiz Pottery collection. Angela Corona is a delightful young woman, and she favors animals in her work. We love her owl designs, as well as her lizards and butterflies. Learn More

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