As vibrant as mariachi music, as intricate as a woven rug, this outstanding olla is from the village of Casas Grande, in northern Mexico.
Following the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the Spaniards returned, and many Pueblo people fled southward, into what is now Mexico. There, they continued their traditions, including pottery-making.
In the 1970’s, a farmer there found shards of ancient pottery, and became interested in replicating it. He was successful, and now Juan Quezada is considered the originator, and a premium artist, of the burgeoning pottery movement in the area.
This cheerful pot is beautifully formed and decorated with panache. The complex patterns are all related, so there is an intrinsic harmony to the piece, despite the busy design.
The clay is hand-gathered, mixed, coiled, smoothed, etc., just like the work of their distant cousins, north of the border.
Joyously rhythmic, like a three-dimensional salsa dance, this pot will liven up your household, and make you smile with pleasure.
Lovely to look at, and delightful on the wallet; a wonderful combination!