Eduardo "Chevo" Ortiz was one of the master potters of Mata Ortiz in Mexico until his death in 2012. He and his wife, who worked with him, are featured in the book The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz (page 122). This graphite ware pot shows off one of Eduardo's signature distinctive forms. It has four sides, each one of which features a round concave circle. The pot was polished to a mirror-like finish, and then painted with black glaze to create that highly desirable "black on black" look. The concave circles each are decorated with geometric designs. Traditional patterns sweep around the circles to complete the pot. Eduardo's signature is on the base.
SIZE: This pot is 8" tall, and has a circumference at the widest part of 22 1/2" (about 7" diameter).
CONDTION: 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 paints are made of 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 lovely pot like this one emerges.
This pot comes with a complementary pottery ring.