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  1. Oaxaca Black Pottery Adelina Pedro Martinez Nativity Scene

    Oaxaca Black Pottery Adelina Pedro Martinez Nativity Scene

    $150.00
    The work of the Pedro Martinez Family of San Bartolo Coyotepec is beyond compare! Adelina Pedro Martinez is an older sister of Magdalena and Calomagno, and she is known for the sweet nature of her finely crafted sculptural work. The black pottery pieces of San Bartolo are crafted of clay, hand polished with a quartz stone, and then fired without allowing oxygen inside the home made kiln. This oxygen reduction method of firing is what gives the pottery it's black color, and the hand burnishing with the quartz stone is what gives it a beautiful shine.This nativity scene is one of our favorite pieces from Adelina.. charming, elegant and full of expression! We love the sweet facial expressions in each piece! Learn More

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  2. Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez Abuelita Con Guajalote Day of the Dead Grandmother with Turkey

    Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez Abuelita Con Guajalote Day of the Dead Grandmother with Turkey

    $580.00
    The work of the Pedro Martinez Family of San Bartolo Coyotepec is beyond compare! Carlomagno Pedro Martínez is a world renowned artist in barro negro (black clay) sculptures made of earthenware clay, He is arguably the most famous of his family, and has achieved worldwide recogntion both for the quality of his work, and the legends that are incorporated into his work. These sculptures are burnished by hand and then fired in smoke-filled pits or kilns to leave a deep black surface. Director of the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca (Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca), just outside of Oaxaca City, Carlomagno has been recognized as a master sculptor since his early childhood. His unique style has earned him a place in the book Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art, published by Fomento Cultural Banamex, in 2001 and Mexico’s Premio Nacional de la Juventud in the late 1980s, the highest national award given a young artist for his work. The clay is sourced very near the village on the side of a mountain and between two rivers. it is hand processed, and then used by the villagers to create their famous black pottery work. Carlomagno's sculptures focus on the day of the dead, and legends of the Zapotec culture that were taught to him by his grandfather when he was a young boy. He is an ardent advocate for the traditions of the Zapotec people, and works with the young folk artists in Oaxaca to keep them practicing their traditions. We are proud and honored to be able to carry his work here online. We have had the pleasure of lsitening to Carlomagno relay the legends of his culture, and are fascinated by all of the stories. He is a true talent, and an even more incredible and honorable man. This particular piece is a representation of a grandmother seated on a tree stump, with a turkey in front of her. The grandmother is wrapped in a traditional rebozo shawl that you see women in Oaxaca wearing everywhere, but most commonly used by the indigenous women to carry young children or goods to and from market. The turkey at her feet is the Zapotec symbol of the transition from day ot night, or night to day. It is a symbol of the leaving of the past behind, and a fresh start. We love this! Learn More

  3. Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez Abuelita Day Of The Dead Grandmother

    Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez Abuelita Day Of The Dead Grandmother

    $480.00
    The work of the Pedro Martinez Family of San Bartolo Coyotepec is beyond compare! Carlomagno Pedro Martínez is a world renowned artist in barro negro (black clay) sculptures made of earthenware clay, He is arguably the most famous of his family, and has achieved worldwide recogntion both for the quality of his work, and the legends that are incorporated into his work. These sculptures are burnished by hand and then fired in smoke-filled pits or kilns to leave a deep black surface. Director of the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca (Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca), just outside of Oaxaca City, Carlomagno has been recognized as a master sculptor since his early childhood. His unique style has earned him a place in the book Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art, published by Fomento Cultural Banamex, in 2001 and Mexico’s Premio Nacional de la Juventud in the late 1980s, the highest national award given a young artist for his work. The clay is sourced very near the village on the side of a mountain and between two rivers. it is hand processed, and then used by the villagers to create their famous black pottery work. Carlomagno's sculptures focus on the day of the dead, and legends of the Zapotec culture that were taught to him by his grandfather when he was a young boy. He is an ardent advocate for the traditions of the Zapotec people, and works with the young folk artists in Oaxaca to keep them practicing their traditions. We are proud and honored to be able to carry his work here online. We have had the pleasure of lsitening to Carlomagno relay the legends of his culture, and are fascinated by all of the stories. He is a true talent, and an even more incredible and honorable man. This particular piece is titled Caracol Con Craneos and is a representation of a snail covered in skulls.In the Zapotec culture the snail represents the continuation of life. Learn More

  4. Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez Calavera Pensando En Extraterrestres Skull Thinking About Aliens

    Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez Calavera Pensando En Extraterrestres Skull Thinking About Aliens

    $750.00
    The work of the Pedro Martinez Family of San Bartolo Coyotepec is beyond compare! Carlomagno Pedro Martínez is a world renowned artist in barro negro (black clay) sculptures made of earthenware clay, He is arguably the most famous of his family, and has achieved worldwide recogntion both for the quality of his work, and the legends that are incorporated into his work. These sculptures are burnished by hand and then fired in smoke-filled pits or kilns to leave a deep black surface. Director of the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca (Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca), just outside of Oaxaca City, Carlomagno has been recognized as a master sculptor since his early childhood. His unique style has earned him a place in the book Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art, published by Fomento Cultural Banamex, in 2001 and Mexico’s Premio Nacional de la Juventud in the late 1980s, the highest national award given a young artist for his work. The clay is sourced very near the village on the side of a mountain and between two rivers. it is hand processed, and then used by the villagers to create their famous black pottery work. Carlomagno's sculptures focus on the day of the dead, and legends of the Zapotec culture that were taught to him by his grandfather when he was a young boy. He is an ardent advocate for the traditions of the Zapotec people, and works with the young folk artists in Oaxaca to keep them practicing their traditions. We are proud and honored to be able to carry his work here online. We have had the pleasure of lsitening to Carlomagno relay the legends of his culture, and are fascinated by all of the stories. He is a true talent, and an even more incredible and honorable man. This particular piece is titled La Calavera Pensando En Extraterrestres. It is a representation of a skull thinking about aliens and outer space. The piece depicts alien beings, the space shuttle and astronauts clinging to the top and sides of the skull. Learn More

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  5. Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez Caracol Con Craneos Snail With Skulls

    Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez Caracol Con Craneos Snail With Skulls

    $750.00
    The work of the Pedro Martinez Family of San Bartolo Coyotepec is beyond compare! Carlomagno Pedro Martínez is a world renowned artist in barro negro (black clay) sculptures made of earthenware clay, He is arguably the most famous of his family, and has achieved worldwide recogntion both for the quality of his work, and the legends that are incorporated into his work. These sculptures are burnished by hand and then fired in smoke-filled pits or kilns to leave a deep black surface. Director of the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca (Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca), just outside of Oaxaca City, Carlomagno has been recognized as a master sculptor since his early childhood. His unique style has earned him a place in the book Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art, published by Fomento Cultural Banamex, in 2001 and Mexico’s Premio Nacional de la Juventud in the late 1980s, the highest national award given a young artist for his work. The clay is sourced very near the village on the side of a mountain and between two rivers. it is hand processed, and then used by the villagers to create their famous black pottery work. Carlomagno's sculptures focus on the day of the dead, and legends of the Zapotec culture that were taught to him by his grandfather when he was a young boy. He is an ardent advocate for the traditions of the Zapotec people, and works with the young folk artists in Oaxaca to keep them practicing their traditions. We are proud and honored to be able to carry his work here online. We have had the pleasure of lsitening to Carlomagno relay the legends of his culture, and are fascinated by all of the stories. He is a true talent, and an even more incredible and honorable man. This particular piece is titled Caracol Con Craneos and is a representation of a snail covered in skulls.In the Zapotec culture the snail represents the continuation of life. Learn More

  6. Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez Cinco Abuelitas Con Perro Feliz Five Grandmothers With A Happy Dog

    Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez Cinco Abuelitas Con Perro Feliz Five Grandmothers With A Happy Dog

    $1,400.00
    The work of the Pedro Martinez Family of San Bartolo Coyotepec is beyond compare! Carlomagno Pedro Martínez is a world renowned artist in barro negro (black clay) sculptures made of earthenware clay, He is arguably the most famous of his family, and has achieved worldwide recogntion both for the quality of his work, and the legends that are incorporated into his work. These sculptures are burnished by hand and then fired in smoke-filled pits or kilns to leave a deep black surface. Director of the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca (Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca), just outside of Oaxaca City, Carlomagno has been recognized as a master sculptor since his early childhood. His unique style has earned him a place in the book Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art, published by Fomento Cultural Banamex, in 2001 and Mexico’s Premio Nacional de la Juventud in the late 1980s, the highest national award given a young artist for his work. The clay is sourced very near the village on the side of a mountain and between two rivers. it is hand processed, and then used by the villagers to create their famous black pottery work. Carlomagno's sculptures focus on the day of the dead, and legends of the Zapotec culture that were taught to him by his grandfather when he was a young boy. He is an ardent advocate for the traditions of the Zapotec people, and works with the young folk artists in Oaxaca to keep them practicing their traditions. We are proud and honored to be able to carry his work here online. We have had the pleasure of lsitening to Carlomagno relay the legends of his culture, and are fascinated by all of the stories. He is a true talent, and an even more incredible and honorable man. This particular piece is titled Cinco Abuelitas Con Perro Feliz, which translates to Five Grandmothers With A Happy Dog. Five grandmothers sit on a bench, with a dog at play at their feet. This is a Day of the Dead piece, but also a political statement piece as well. For Carlomagno, the grandmothers are the representation of death, but the political satyr part comes to play int he dog and the bones. When Carlomagno creates work, the dog often represents his beloved Mexico. In this piece the dog is chasing a bone, with the bone representing his country's relationship to the United States. In this piece the dog is thought of as very happy, as it was able to collect three bones, thus having attracted the attention and favor of the US. That portrayal with the representation of death sitting on a bench gossiping the day away, is particularly interesting to us. Learn More

  7. Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez El Muerto Con Lloronas Funeral Scene

    Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez El Muerto Con Lloronas Funeral Scene

    $1,695.00
    The work of the Pedro Martinez Family of San Bartolo Coyotepec is beyond compare! Carlomagno Pedro Martínez is a world renowned artist in barro negro (black clay) sculptures made of earthenware clay, He is arguably the most famous of his family, and has achieved worldwide recogntion both for the quality of his work, and the legends that are incorporated into his work. These sculptures are burnished by hand and then fired in smoke-filled pits or kilns to leave a deep black surface. Director of the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca (Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca), just outside of Oaxaca City, Carlomagno has been recognized as a master sculptor since his early childhood. His unique style has earned him a place in the book Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art, published by Fomento Cultural Banamex, in 2001 and Mexico’s Premio Nacional de la Juventud in the late 1980s, the highest national award given a young artist for his work. The clay is sourced very near the village on the side of a mountain and between two rivers. it is hand processed, and then used by the villagers to create their famous black pottery work. Carlomagno's sculptures focus on the day of the dead, and legends of the Zapotec culture that were taught to him by his grandfather when he was a young boy. He is an ardent advocate for the traditions of the Zapotec people, and works with the young folk artists in Oaxaca to keep them practicing their traditions. We are proud and honored to be able to carry his work here online. We have had the pleasure of lsitening to Carlomagno relay the legends of his culture, and are fascinated by all of the stories. He is a true talent, and an even more incredible and honorable man. This particular piece is titled El Muerto Con Lloronas. This work depicts a funeral scene with three crying women, candles and incense surrounding a man who has passed away. A masterpiece from a Grand Master of Mexican Folk Art! Learn More

  8. Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez Muerte Con Guajolote Two Sided Day Of The Dead Turkey

    Oaxaca Black Pottery Carlomagno Pedro Martinez Muerte Con Guajolote Two Sided Day Of The Dead Turkey

    $500.00
    The work of the Pedro Martinez Family of San Bartolo Coyotepec is beyond compare! Carlomagno Pedro Martínez is a world renowned artist in barro negro (black clay) sculptures made of earthenware clay, He is arguably the most famous of his family, and has achieved worldwide recogntion both for the quality of his work, and the legends that are incorporated into his work. These sculptures are burnished by hand and then fired in smoke-filled pits or kilns to leave a deep black surface. Director of the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca (Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca), just outside of Oaxaca City, Carlomagno has been recognized as a master sculptor since his early childhood. His unique style has earned him a place in the book Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art, published by Fomento Cultural Banamex, in 2001 and Mexico’s Premio Nacional de la Juventud in the late 1980s, the highest national award given a young artist for his work. The clay is sourced very near the village on the side of a mountain and between two rivers. it is hand processed, and then used by the villagers to create their famous black pottery work. Carlomagno's sculptures focus on the day of the dead, and legends of the Zapotec culture that were taught to him by his grandfather when he was a young boy. He is an ardent advocate for the traditions of the Zapotec people, and works with the young folk artists in Oaxaca to keep them practicing their traditions. We are proud and honored to be able to carry his work here online. We have had the pleasure of lsitening to Carlomagno relay the legends of his culture, and are fascinated by all of the stories. He is a true talent, and an even more incredible and honorable man. This particular piece is titled Muerte con Guajolote. The turkey the Zapotec symbol of the transition from day to night, or night to day. It is a symbol of the leaving of the past behind, and the beginning of a fresh start. Learn More

  9. Oaxaca Black Pottery Magdalena Pedro Martinez Huautla Flower Vendor With Baby

    Oaxaca Black Pottery Magdalena Pedro Martinez Huautla Flower Vendor With Baby

    $595.00
    One of my absolute favorites! The work of the Pedro Martinez Family of San Bartolo Coyotepec is beyond compare! Magdalena Pedro Martinez is the youngest of the brothers and sisters that learned their art form from their parents, yet have brought their traditions to a whole new level. Her work is just incredible... so fine in every single aspect. While a practicing doctor in the village, Magdalena has managed to continue her fine art work at the same time.Magdalena places great emphasis on the preservation of the traditional dress of the seven regions of Oaxaca in her work, and you can see that in the very fine detail of each piece. The pieces are crafted of clay, hand polished with a quartz stone, and then fired without allowing oxygen inside the home made kiln. This oxygen reduction method of firing is what gives the pottery it's black color, and the hand burnishing with the quartz stone is what gives it a beautiful shine. She consistently amazes me with both the quality and the detail. And we are so honored to be able to offer her work here. This particular piece is the artist's depiction of a woman from the town of Huautla de Jimenez dressed in the beautiful indigenous dress of her village in the Canada region of Oaxaca. The woman is depicted in a scene that is familiar to any of the many indigenous markets throughout Oaxaca. She is kneeling down selling calla lilies with two birds on the side. She has her baby strapped to her back in the traditional method, using a rebozo (shawl) to secure the baby safely to her body. Just a few of the incredible elements of this sculpture are the details in the sweet face, the lovely floral and bird pattern on the dress, the braids in the hair with ribbons forming bows on both sides,the great textural feel of the piece, the beautiful rebozo shawl securing her child, the curious child peering over his mother's shoulders, the dangling earrings, and the extra pieces of a straw mat, two bunches of lilies and two birds that complete the scene that the artist has set! A sweet and touching piece that truly represents the culture that we have fallen in love with in Oaxaca! The ultimate level of detail in the garments and accessories is the hallmark of Magdalena's work. The piece is signed by the artist. Learn More

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  10. Oaxaca Black Pottery Magdalena Pedro Martinez Large Pineapple Dance Woman Tuxtepec

    Oaxaca Black Pottery Magdalena Pedro Martinez Large Pineapple Dance Woman Tuxtepec

    $750.00
    Museum quality! The work of the Pedro Martinez Family of San Bartolo Coyotepec is beyond compare! Magdalena Pedro Martinez is the youngest of the brothers and sisters that learned their craft from the parents, but are taking their traditions to a whole new level. Her work is just incredible... so fine in every single aspect. While a practicing doctor in the village, Magdalena has managed to continue her fine art work at the same time.Magdalena places great emphasis on the preservation of the traditional dress of the seven regions of Oaxaca in her work, and you can see that in the very fine detail of each piece. The pieces ore crafted of clay, hand polished with a quartz stone, and then fired without allowing oxygen inside the home made kiln. This oxygen reduction method of firing is what gives the pottery it's black color, and the hand burnishing with the quartz stone is what gives it a beautiful shine. Highly detailed and full of detail in the face and all the extras. She consistently amazes me with both the quality and the detail. And we are so honored to be able to offer her work here. This is a large and regal version of her Tuxtepec women from the village of San Pedro Ixcatlan dressed in the regional dress of the indigenous communities in the region of Tuxtepec of Oaxaca. Flor de Pina is a famous dance put on in the Tuxtepec region of Oaxaca where the women dance with pineapples on their shoulders. It is an absolutely beautiful and striking dance that is one of our favorites from Oaxaca. Just a few of the incredible elements of this sculpture are the details in the face, the lovely floral and bird pattern on the dress, the effect of folds in the dress as it is drawn to the side by the one hand, lifting the dress slightly to make it easier to dance in., the braids in the hair with the ribbon cascading from bows on both ends, the beautiful three stranded necklace and dangling earrings,and the sense of movement in the lifting of the skirt and the positioning of the arms. The ultimate level of detail in the garments and accessories is the hallmark of Magdalena's work. The pineapple is removable, and the piece is signed by the artist. Learn More

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