This beautifully decorated canteen shaped pot has a pleasing symmetrical shape as well as wonderful decoration. This pot features a variety of wonderful techniques and designs, including a raised butterfly in the middle, sgrafitto (scratched or carved) designs in the background around the butterflies and also on the rim, and detailed painted decoration. Created in a canteen shape, it includes a braided leather hanger. It is signed Oscar Ramirez on the back.
Mata Ortiz pottery has become highly desired and collectible. This is a nicely decorated and finished example by an accomplished potter. Size: This pot measures 6 1/4" high by 6" wide at its widest part. Condition: This is a new pot in excellent condition.
As are all pots made in Mata Ortiz, a small village in Chihuahua, Mexico, this pot was built by hand starting with clay dug in the region. The pots are polished and then painted, using long, fine brushes made either with horse or child's hair (for the very fine work). The colors used are natural mineral pigments. Depending on desired effect, the painted pot may be polished again. Once fully polished and decorated, the pots are fired in a simple kiln – they are placed on bricks and covered with a metal or clay pot. Cow dung or cottonwood is piled up around the bucket, which burns at a hot temperature for 30 to 60 minutes. If all goes well, a beautiful pot like this one emerges.