Mata Ortiz Pottery Jaime Villa Sgraffito Matrimony Wedding Vase Parrots Design

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Jaime “Jimmy” Villa Lopez is a young second generation potter from Mata Ortiz, Mexico. He learned the art of Mata Ortiz pottery from his father Jose Villa Ortiz and his mother Mary Cruz Lopez Escalante. Jaime chose the sgraffito style of pottery, in which layers of paint are built up, and then the designs are etched into the pottery. He also uses a carving technique, so that his pieces are always rich in texture and design. His artwork features bold designs of birds and other animals. When asked why he favors designs depicting nature, he stated that this was the style of his father, and that he wanted to carry on the family’s traditions. This is what we love most about the arts in Mexico! Art forms are traditionally passed on within the family, and you will find whole families working together on their art in their home workshops.

Wedding Vases are a traditional symbol for the union of two houses. According to some traditions, the water of both houses was poured into the same wedding pot, and then the bride and groom took turns drinking out of it. Thus symbolically joining the two families into this same union. I love this small version with parrots on each side. The piece is signed by the artist.
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Jaime “Jimmy” Villa Lopez is a young second generation potter from Mata Ortiz, Mexico. He learned the art of Mata Ortiz pottery from his father Jose Villa Ortiz and his mother Mary Cruz Lopez Escalante. Jaime chose the sgraffito style of pottery, in which layers of paint are built up, and then the designs are etched into the pottery. He also uses a carving technique, so that his pieces are always rich in texture and design. His artwork features bold designs of birds and other animals. When asked why he favors designs depicting nature, he stated that this was the style of his father, and that he wanted to carry on the family’s traditions. This is what we love most about the arts in Mexico! Art forms are traditionally passed on within the family, and you will find whole families working together on their art in their home workshops. Wedding Vases are a traditional symbol for the union of two houses. According to some traditions, the water of both houses was poured into the same wedding pot, and then the bride and groom took turns drinking out of it. Thus symbolically joining the two families into this same union. I love this small version with parrots on each side. The piece is signed by the artist. Approximate Measurements: 4 1/8" high x 3" wide (9 3/4" in circumference at it's widest point)

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