Ceramic Vessel/Pitcher J. Ventura H. Benitz Master Potter Mexico Folk Art Big #5
Master Potter J. Ventura Hernandez Benitz Ceramic Pre Hispanic large Vessel/Jug
Nose to tail- 19"
Opening- 2 3/4"
This amazing large pre Hispanic duck design vessel/jug is an example of Ventura's vision. Pre-Hispanic symbols are hand painted throughout the vessel, with a handle and duck as a part of the vessel.
While both Santa Clara and Cuanajo are located in close proximity to Lake Pátzcuaro, other towns and villages farther away also have their own native crafts. In Zinapécuaro, J. Ventura Hernández Benítez remains solidly committed to his ceramic business as he has been for 40 years.
The workshop's rustic brick walls held up a corrugated metal roof beneath which his creations seemed to gestate in the heat. Homemade plaster molds and their offspring - pots, vases and pitchers that required weeks of labor - lay about the shop in the hypnotic chaos of a true artisan. Small ceramic pumpkins sat on the concrete floor in front of a shelf loaded with vases covered with images of skeletons dressed in fiesta garb, geometric patterns of terraces and triangles, stylized dogs and monkeys. Pots in subtle shades of dark red ocher, greenish umber and bluish gray sat nearby.