While plowing a northern Mexican field in the 1970's, Paquime Indian farmer Juan Quezada discovered shards of prehistoric pottery and learned how to replicate his ancestors' achievements, through trial and error. Now, his family and the whole village are world-wide magnets for pottery collectors. Related to the Native culture of the southwest (some groups fled the resumption of Spanish rule after the Pueblo Revolt failed, in the late 1600's), the traditional designs of the Mata Ortiz potters are similar to those of Pueblo pottery. The basic techniques are the same: hand gathered and mixed clay, coiled, smoothed, scraped, stone polished at times, painted with natural clay and vegetal pigments, and pit fired.This vase is beautifully formed, with elegant proportions. The mellow palette of cream clay, with touches of terra cotta and black, is pleasing to the eye, as is the intricate, meticulously painted design. The decoration consists mostly of stylized feather designs, denoting prayers and hope, so familiar in Pueblo pieces. Somehow, this vase, despite its rather grand size and majestic form, has a feminine aura. There is a distinctly delicate and lacy effect to the all-over pattern, thanks to the elements of fine-lines, a great deal of white space punctuated with linear designs, the primly regular row of white on black motifs that circle the waist, and the open-ended, thin lines that end at the rim. The light-colored palette adds to the doily effect. Impeccably formed with graceful precision, beautifully decorated with a sure hand and creativity, this is an uncommonly impressive pot. Of majestic size and exceptionally fine execution, it can be yours at a great price, thanks to the difference in national economies.
Natural Clay, Natural Pigments
Width: 7″ Height: 12 1/4″ Diameter: 7″