This is a large night version of Javier Martinez's signature Day of the Dead cemetery scene that pays respect to the first generation potters who have passed away. One of the most beautiful things that we find among the potters of Mata Ortiz is how they honor the potters before them who refined the basic techniques involved in Mata Ortiz pottery, and worked to publicize the art form into the miracle that it has become. This has allowed the next generation of potters a measure of freedom to explore and develop unique styles. And what better way to pay respect to those who have passed away than a gorgeous high quality Day of the Dead piece that also honors an important Mexican cultural tradition! I love the traditional Catrina on this one, and the Virgen de Guadalupe that appears on one of the tombstones, as well as the unique raven in the moon! Javier has also honored Nancy Heras on this pot. Nancy was a well respected potter in the village with her own unique style, who passed away from cancer not long ago. Absolutely beautiful... a stunning work of craftsmanship! This pattern is so intricate..and to think that it was painted by hand with a home made paint brush crafted of human hair and then etched in the sgraffito technique to reveal the color of the clay below and give the piece a beautiful textural appeal! And to think that Javier is self taught and only began to achieve recognition a few years ago! As the town mechanic, Javier took the Mata Ortiz Pottery community by storm when he won one of the very top prizes at the 2013 Concurso, the annual juried art show sponsored by the Mexican government. Then in 2014, Javier took home the Presidential Award at the Mexican National Ceramics Awards in Tlaquepaque, Mexico! Amazing work!! The piece is signed by the artist. Stunning!
Approximate measurements: 7 1/2" high x 7" wide (21" circumference at it's widest point)