This colorful long relish platter was hand-thrown and hand painted by the craftsmen at Gorky Pottery in Guanajuato, Mexico. Wanting to offer traditional pottery (alfareria tradiciconal), Gorky Gonzales Quinones went back to the majolica style pottery that originated in the Mediterranean area a couple of centuries ago. Gorky, born in 1939, was the son of sculptor Rodolfo Gonzalez, so was introduced to art from birth. In 1962, Gorky began his studies at the Instituto Allende and the Escuelas de Artes in San Miguel de Allende. There he was introduced to the designs of Canadian artist Gene Byron. After meeting a Japanese exchange student who was studying in Mexico, Gorky became interested in Japanese art, and later won a scholarship to and studied ceramics in Japan for two years. While in Japan, he met and married his wife Tashiko Ono with whom he has two sons. Gorky died in 2017; his younger son Gorky Gonzalez Ono has continued overseeing his father’s business. Over the years, Gorky’s designs have won numerous national awards.
The majolica relish platter measures 16 ¾” x 5 ¾” and is decorated with a gorgeous green, blue, yellow, and terra cotta. It is marked on the back with an “A” over a “T” indicating the alfareria tradicional genre (traditional pottery). It also has “GTO” Mexico, denoting that it was made in Guanajuato, Mexico. A paper tag indicates that this is a large relish platter. The piece is so pleasing to look at with its compatible colors and satin glaze. The stylized deer in the middle is quite endearing. The platter is in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or crazing.
This would be a wonderful addition to your home or table – a great piece of 20th century majolica! Please contact us if you have any questions.
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