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Sea Turtles, Mata Ortiz Pottery from Efren Ledezma Mexican Fine Folk Art new

$ 274.99
  • Mata Ortis Pottery with Turtles
  • Measurements
  • Height- 5"
  • Width/Diameter- 4 3/4"
  • This gorgeous pot with sea turtles climbing the surface was hand made, hand painted and etched by Efren Ledezma.
  • Award Winning Efren Ledezma Veloz is a member of the large Ledezma family, many of which are potters from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico. 
  • Efren etches his name on all his pots/vessels. Look closely.
  • He says he began to pot in 1995, learning from his brother Gerardo but a lot of his pottery more closely resembles that produced by his neighbor, Manolo Rodriguez.
  • Efren's pieces are usually composed of a white clay body decorated with complex repetitive geometric designs in black and red. He also often superimposes painted animals like bees, birds or lizards in a contrasting single color over the background.
  • Efren's pottery is sought not only in the Mexico but in the United States and Europe.
  • 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. 
  • The air is often filled with gray tendrils of smoke from the many kilns. The town has hosted a ceramics competition called the Concurso de Cerámica since 2008, not supported by FONART, and is a major handcrafts event in Mexico. Other support for artisans comes from other federal and state agency for supplies and training.
  • 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.
  • The vessel comes with a grape branch ring holder.

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