A wonderfully graphic, chic bowl that demonstrates how far the potters of this little village in northern Mexico have developed. With a wildly graphic design, related to centuries -old symbols for water and wind, the palette of stone-polished black and matte terra cotta is beautifully rich.
The pottery of this area goes back at least to 1680, when the Pueblo Revolt ended, with the return of the Spanish conquerors. Some Pueblo people from the upper Rio Grande Valley fled south, to escape, and shards of their pottery were rediscovered in the 1970’s. The rest is pottery history, with many potters emerging into well-deserved stardom.
The potters of Mata Ortiz are not as constrained by traditional designs and colors as their cousins north of the border, so there is greater variety in their work. This snazzy olla shows the confidence and freedom the potter feels. The ancient Greeks loved red and black pottery, and you will love how this handsome bowl looks in your 21st-century home.