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Ceramic/Clay Temple Collectible Made Made Mexican Folk Art Décor Maria Medrano

$ 209.99
  • Beautiful Ceramic Church/Temple.

  • Height- 14"
  • Deep- 4 3/4"
  • Long/Length- 8"

  • These lovely churches/temples and figurines are visions from the mind of well known artisan and Potter Maria Medrano.

  • Maria's Medrano's ceramics are highly collectable in Mexico and throughout the world.
  • Maria is Candelario Medrano's daughter.
  • Maria is a humble and hard working woman. She works alone in her tiny place. She said that after her death, she will have not have anyone from her immediate family to continue her work.

  • Maria works in her humble home creating the most incredible art pieces. She transforms the pliable clay into colorful churches and creatures that are then coated with betus.
  • Barro Betus (ceramics rubbed with birch oil extract).

  • Maria works and often when you visit his home, she has very little to sell. However, when there is work available, you may happen upon a real treasure. Her process begins with "tortillando" or kneading the clay into unique devils, lions, roosters, churches, trucks and Tastuanes (grotesque figures inspired by a local ceremonial dance).

  • The kiln is readied and fires pieces created several days before. The pieces have to be dried in the open air before baking them or they will explode. The firing is done at a very low temperature compared to other types of ceramics. Each figure is rubbed with birch oil just before firing, giving them a lacquered appearance once finished.

  • The origin of barro betus dates back to colonial times and is surrounded by myths. The most frequent pieces of art are the colorful Nahual figures with the reputation of coming from a magical world. Nagual or Nahual (both pronounced [na'wal]) is a human being who has the power to magically turn himself or herself into an animal form, most commonly donkey, turkey and dogs, but also other and more powerful animals.

  • This great museum quality piece will be amazing for any collector of ceramic art or for your home, office or as a gift for someone special.

  • We will make sure your piece will be extremely well packed and insured.

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