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Mata Ortiz Artist Oscar Quezada

Mata Ortiz Artist Oscar Quezada
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Oscar Quezada is a Master Potter who is the son of Consolacion Quezada, the elder sister of Grandmaster Juan Quezada that made Mata Ortiz famous by reviving an ancient local pottery making process. The artist's signature is incised at the bottom of the pot. This one-of-a-kind collectible work of art is a beautiful museum quality traditional polychrome pot, hand coiled and built from indigenous natural clays, then stone polished to a sensual satiny finish.
Its intricate details were hand painted with a fine brush made from human hair and his skilled craftsmanship make this a unique work of art. The clay used here is a "mezclado" a mixture of different naturally colored clays. Paquime style geometric motifs were applied with umber and black paints made from local pigments. The artist incised his name on the bottom of the pot. Yarn wrapped pottery ring included. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.

Dimensions: Height 6-3/4 inches, 7-1/2 width. Opening 3-3/4 inches in diameter.

The history of Mata Ortiz, both the village and the pottery, can be traced through the archaeological remains of nearby Casas Grandes (Spanish for Great Houses; also known as Paquimé). This is the contemporary name given to a Pre-Columbian city-state located in northwestern Mexico in the modern-day Mexican state of Chihuahua.
This is where Juan Quezada, guided only by his intuition recreated an ancient ceramic technology as he studied the ancient pots and shards he found as he roamed the desert in his youth. His painstaking efforts with rough, prehistoric techniques produced astonishingly perfect, incredibly beautiful and sophisticated works of art. His commercial success inspired relatives and neighbours to produce the now famous Mata Ortiz pottery that allowed them to sustain themselves and improve the whole region's economy.
Mata Ortiz pots are hand built starting with large coils of clay without the use of a potter's wheel. Shaping, polishing and painting the clay is entirely done by hand, often with brushes made from children's hair. The clay and natural pigments used to paint the pots are readily available locally and cow dung or split cottonwood is used as fuel for the firing pits.
Each potter or pottery family produces distinctive individualized ware and over the last thirty or so years, the complex design concepts have evolved to include not only traditional Pre-Columbian Paquime and Mimbres designs but also vibrant, contemporary ones with incredible geometric patterns.

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