Mata Ortiz Pottery/Sterling Silver/Copper Bracelet Mexican Fine Folk Art Taxco
Mata Ortis Pottery Bracelet
- Length- 8"
- Width- 1/2"
- Shard- 1 1/4" x 1"
- Found in museums and fine art stores and specialty stores, these Mata Ortiz pieces of jewelry one of a kind and are true pieces of art.
- This bracelet of Mata Ortiz Pottery was made in Taxco, Mexico.
- The bracelet is made with a shard of Mata Ortiz pottery.
- The company who makes these pieces of fine art is called Lapidarios Barrera.
- The shards are sent to Taxco, a famous silver mine town, where fine pieces of Mata Ortiz pottery are added to Sterling .950 sterling silver and copper.
- The bracelet is put on an entwined leather strap.
- History of Mata Ortiz Pottery
- After the Mexican Revolution the town’s name was changed, to honor Juan Mata Ortiz, a local hero who fought against the Apaches in the 19th century.
- After the Revolution there was an influx of people and land was redistributed under the ejido system, but many residents still relied on seasonal labor and work with the railroad to get by.
- Rail work ended in the 1960's when the repair yard was relocated to Nuevo Casas Grandes, leading to the town’s decline, which continued until the 1980's.
- The movement to create the pottery has included women as well as men since its beginning, and today women of all talent and expertise levels are found in the town.
- The town is known for its ceramics which are a revival of the Paquimé tradition, conserving much of its style, decoration and color.
- Mata Ortiz has recently seen a revival of a recontact Oasisamerica pottery tradition. Inspired by pottery from the ancient city of Paquimé, which traded as far north as New Mexico and Arizona and throughout northern Mexico, contemporary potters are producing work for national and international sale.
- This new artistic movement is due to the efforts of Juan Quezada Celado, the self-taught originator of modern Mata Ortiz pottery, his extended family and neighbors.