Mata Ortiz

DeSilva Imports has established great relationships with Master Potters from Mata Ortiz, Mexico. We produce educational events at museums throughout the southwest. We are a leading source of fairly traded high quality Mata Ortiz Pottery. We hand select all of our pottery and have a wide range of gorgeous museum quality pottery in every price range.Fine Mexican Contemporary Folk Art

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  1. Mata Ortiz Pottery Angel Amaya Round Pot With Lid

    Mata Ortiz Pottery Angel Amaya Round Pot With Lid

    $60.00
    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. Learn More

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  2. Mata Ortiz Pottery Cesar D. Nunez Gloria Reyes Award Winning Design Extra Large Cazuela Bowl Black With Multicolors

    Mata Ortiz Pottery Cesar D. Nunez Gloria Reyes Award Winning Design Extra Large Cazuela Bowl Black With Multicolors

    $995.00
    There is a great modern appeal in the incredible Mata Ortiz pottery being crafted by the and wife team of Cesar Dominguez Nunez and Gloria Reyes. Cesar and Gloria really do Mata Ortiz proud, as they are highly skilled and creative potters who create their own unique designs, always with an emphasis on the highest quality possible! It is of no great surprise that these two artists have been winning multiple awards for their work since 2013 at the Mata Ortiz Concurso, the Mexican Government sponsored juried award show to recognize the best potters in Mata Ortiz.The couple has won for their collaborative work, and have also entered pieces separately and both won in the same competition! their pottery is a true standout among the highly polished black pottery. They add very intricate and precise detail in a fabulously appealing multi colored design. Their pottery is hand formed in the traditional manner without the use of a potter's wheel, and they paint these intricate designs with home made paint brushes crafted of long strands of human hair. This large size cazuela is an incredible feet of accomplishment! Not only is it well crafted and painted on the outside surface, but it is also painted on the inside - something that very few artists even attempt due to the degree of difficulty of maneuvering inside the surface with the human hair brushes, while still achieving a highly precise painted design. It is no wonder that they received one of their first awards with a similar design and shape! Fantastic in every way!! Learn More

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  3. Mata Ortiz Pottery Cesar D. Nunez Gloria Reyes Black With Multicolor Round Pot Seedpot

    Mata Ortiz Pottery Cesar D. Nunez Gloria Reyes Black With Multicolor Round Pot Seedpot

    $100.00
    There is a great modern appeal in this fantastic pot by Cesar Dominguez Nunez and Gloria Reyes. A great representative of the black with multi color paint applied with hair brushes crafted from long strands of human hair. Such detail! Wow! The work of Cesar and Gloria is one of our favorites in this style due to the beautiful level of precision and detail in their work. Cesar and Gloria took 3rd place in the 2013 Mata Ortiz Concurso (government sponsored pottery competition) for a piece that they collaborated on together. In 2014, Cesar and Gloria each won prizes in the annual pottery competition, where Cesar took home second place and Gloria third place in their category. Truly beautiful work from multiple award winning artists! We can definitely recommend adding a piece from these two artists to your collection. Their trademark style is this very detailed multi color painted designs on a high polish black surface. The high shine comes from hand polishing with an agate stone, and the precise painting is done with long strands of human hair! Stunning! Learn More

  4. Mata Ortiz Pottery Elijio Ortiz Black On Black Lipped Pot With Fish Design

    Mata Ortiz Pottery Elijio Ortiz Black On Black Lipped Pot With Fish Design

    $120.00
    A great affordable way to own a piece of art made by the famous Ortiz Family of Mata Ortiz, Mexico! Absolutely gorgeous pottery from Elijio Ortiz, the son of the world famous (now deceased) Master Potter Chevo Ortiz... one of the finest potters of the Barrio Porvenir section of town, and a pioneer in the art form. We just love the fact that Elijio is carrying on the traditions that he learned from his father, and thus keeping his spirit and art alive. For us at DeSilva Imports, this pottery has a special value for its social impact, and its preservation of ancient traditions. The work of Elijio is very nicely formed and painted. We love the effect of the matte paint on the high polish black surface when combined with the highly burnished lip on this particular piece.And check out the cool fish design that has been brilliantly incorporated into this piece! It is a bargain for the level of expertise of this young potter.. Learn More

  5. Mata Ortiz Pottery Elijio Ortiz Black On Black Rounded Pot With Fish Design

    Mata Ortiz Pottery Elijio Ortiz Black On Black Rounded Pot With Fish Design

    $120.00
    A great affordable way to own a piece of art made by the famous Ortiz Family of Mata Ortiz, Mexico! Absolutely gorgeous pottery from Elijio Ortiz, the son of the world famous (now deceased) Master Potter Chevo Ortiz... one of the finest potters of the Barrio Porvenir section of town, and a pioneer in the art form. We just love the fact that Elijio is carrying on the traditions that he learned from his father, and thus keeping his spirit and art alive. For us at DeSilva Imports, this pottery has a special value for its social impact, and its preservation of ancient traditions. The work of Elijio is very nicely formed and painted. We love the effect of the matte paint on the high polish black surface, And check out the cool fish design that has been brilliantly incorporated into this piece! It is a bargain for the level of expertise of this young potter.. Learn More

  6. Mata Ortiz Pottery Elvira Bugarini Extra Fine Detail Large Round Pot With Crazy Band Design

    Mata Ortiz Pottery Elvira Bugarini Extra Fine Detail Large Round Pot With Crazy Band Design

    $895.00
    Elvira is one of the rising stars of potters in Mata Ortiz, and one to keep your eye on for the future. She has beeen wining some major prizes in international and Mexican national juried pottery shows. Elvira took home the Best in Show award at the 2013 Women Potters of Mata Ortiz Juried Art Show that was held at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona. At the same show she also took first place in the category for Innovation and second place in the category for White Clay/Polychrome Paint. Also in 2013, Elvira won first place at the CLAY 2013 International Juried Exhibition, A Tile & A Vessel with a piece entitled Caja Con Puertas de Paquime. In 2014 Elvira went on to win second place at the prestigious Mexican National Ceramic Awards held annually in Tlaquepaque, Mexico with a piece titled Lineas Caprichosas. Elvira's work is known for the finely detailed painted designs that are done in bands that wrap around the pot. It is a design that she learned from her world famous sister Laura Bugarini. Elvira changes it up a bit with the crazy placement of her painted designs, that have to be precisely and symmetrically placed on the surface of the pot. But each pot is actually a true collaboration between Elvira and her husband Jesus Manuel Pedregon. Although only signed by Elvira, Jesus actually begins each piece, with larger and more colorful bands of geometric design. His placement of his own designs, then sets the spacial layout for Elvira to paint the miniature designs that work in perfect harmony with her husband's designs. We absolutely love collaboration work, so these piece definitely speak to us! Learn More

  7. Mata Ortiz Pottery Elvira Bugarini Extra Fine Detail Medium Egg Shape Pot With Crazy Band Design

    Mata Ortiz Pottery Elvira Bugarini Extra Fine Detail Medium Egg Shape Pot With Crazy Band Design

    $390.00
    Elvira is one of the rising stars of potters in Mata Ortiz, and one to keep your eye on for the future. She has beeen wining some major prizes in international and Mexican national juried pottery shows. Elvira took home the Best in Show award at the 2013 Women Potters of Mata Ortiz Juried Art Show that was held at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona. At the same show she also took first place in the category for Innovation and second place in the category for White Clay/Polychrome Paint. Also in 2013, Elvira won first place at the CLAY 2013 International Juried Exhibition, A Tile & A Vessel with a piece entitled Caja Con Puertas de Paquime. In 2014 Elvira went on to win second place at the prestigious Mexican National Ceramic Awards held annually in Tlaquepaque, Mexico with a piece titled Lineas Caprichosas. Elvira's work is known for the finely detailed painted designs that are done in bands that wrap around the pot. It is a design that she learned from her world famous sister Laura Bugarini. Elvira changes it up a bit with the crazy placement of her painted designs, that have to be precisely and symmetrically placed on the surface of the pot. But each pot is actually a true collaboration between Elvira and her husband Jesus Manuel Pedregon. Although only signed by Elvira, Jesus actually begins each piece, with larger and more colorful bands of geometric design. His placement of his own designs, then sets the spacial layout for Elvira to paint the miniature designs that work in perfect harmony with her husband's designs. We absolutely love collaboration work, so these piece definitely speak to us! Learn More

  8. Mata Ortiz Pottery Elvira Bugarini Extra Fine Detail Seedpot With Crazy Band Design

    Mata Ortiz Pottery Elvira Bugarini Extra Fine Detail Seedpot With Crazy Band Design

    $270.00
    Elvira is one of the rising stars of potters in Mata Ortiz, and one to keep your eye on for the future. She has beeen wining some major prizes in international and Mexican national juried pottery shows. Elvira took home the Best in Show award at the 2013 Women Potters of Mata Ortiz Juried Art Show that was held at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona. At the same show she also took first place in the category for Innovation and second place in the category for White Clay/Polychrome Paint. Also in 2013, Elvira won first place at the CLAY 2013 International Juried Exhibition, A Tile & A Vessel with a piece entitled Caja Con Puertas de Paquime. In 2014 Elvira went on to win second place at the prestigious Mexican National Ceramic Awards held annually in Tlaquepaque, Mexico with a piece titled Lineas Caprichosas. Elvira's work is known for the finely detailed painted designs that are done in bands that wrap around the pot. It is a design that she learned from her world famous sister Laura Bugarini. Elvira changes it up a bit with the crazy placement of her painted designs, that have to be precisely and symmetrically placed on the surface of the pot. But each pot is actually a true collaboration between Elvira and her husband Jesus Manuel Pedregon. Although only signed by Elvira, Jesus actually begins each piece, with larger and more colorful bands of geometric design. His placement of his own designs, then sets the spacial layout for Elvira to paint the miniature designs that work in perfect harmony with her husband's designs. We absolutely love collaboration work, so these piece definitely speak to us! Learn More

  9. Mata Ortiz Pottery Fabian Ortiz Large Brown Clay With White And Red Paint Pot

    Mata Ortiz Pottery Fabian Ortiz Large Brown Clay With White And Red Paint Pot

    $240.00
    Gorgeous chocolate brown pot! I love the simple elegance of this one! Well crafted, smooth, light weight and well painted - all signs of master level craftsmanship and value in Mata Ortiz pottery! This piece was hand built and without the use of a potter's wheel and painted with long strands of human hair, with natural paint hand made by the Fabian Ortiz. Fabian is a young second generation potter who is the son of the famous Master Potter Nicolas Ortiz. Fabian has won awards for his work in the annual Concurso, or Mexican Government sponsored juried art show in Mata Ortiz. He is widely recognized in the Mata Ortiz pottery world, and always crafts solid, well painted work. We love it! Learn More

  10. Mata Ortiz Pottery Gerardo Mora Tena Light Weight White Clay Pot Geometric Design

    Mata Ortiz Pottery Gerardo Mora Tena Light Weight White Clay Pot Geometric Design

    $75.00
    Mata Ortiz Pottery is one of the most interesting art forms in existence, considering that it is one of the only indigenous art forms that were lost, and then faithfully revived. Coming from the Northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, this pottery traditions dates back to the Casas Grandes Culture that was part of the Mongllon Culture that extended up into present day Arizona. The clay is first dug from the local countryside, and then strained to remove as many of the impurities as possible. The pottery is hand formed without the use of a potter's wheel, and famous for how thin walled and smooth it is. It is formed with a flat pancake of clay (tortilla) that is placed in a base, then a single coil that is pinched upwards to form the pot. If the pot is large, a second coil may be used to achieve the desired height. At the same time, the potter smooths out the inside of the pot and removes excess clay to achieve the thin walls. The pottery is then dried for several days, before the outside is sanded to achieve the smooth finish, as well as a further thinning of the walls. The pottery piece is then protected with a coat of oil and hand polished with a hardened stone, seed or antler. The most common tool for this is a polished agate stone. Once the polish has been achieved, the painting of the pottery occurs with designs hand painted using long strands of human hair. The paint is crafted out of local pigments and minerals, and the brush is also hand crafted. Paint absorbs and dries rapidly due to the combination of the low mineral content in the refined local clay, and the natural paints. The final step then is the firing of the piece, traditionally done on the ground. The area is heated first to remove any moisture in the ground, the pot is placed often on a tripod base, the pot is covered by another thick clay pot or a steel bucket, then a wood fire is built around the outside container and lit on fire. This serves as a traditional low fire kiln. Quite the labor of love! I love this piece by Gerardo "Lalo" Mora Tena! Although a small pot, this is really well done. The ultimate signs of quality in a Mata Ortiz Pot are how thin walled and light weight it is, and this one is feather light. Really well crafted! And finely painted with clean lines in a geometric design on white clay. Gorgeous!. Learn More

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