Mata Ortiz pots are hand coiled without the use of a potters wheel. The shaping, polishing and painting of the clay is entirely done by hand.
All of the materials and tools originate from supplies that are available locally. The paints for Mata Ortiz Pottery come from grinding minerals into a fine powder. Each pot is hand painted with a brush made from human hair.These brushes are designed to paint very fine lines and intricate designs. The last step in Mata Ortiz Pottery is the firing. The preferred fuel for the low temperature firing is grass fed cow manure.
Firing is an art form. Mata Ortiz potters watch the smoke and flame color to adjust the heat while firing.
Two different styles of firing is used in Mata Ortiz pots. One is oxidation firing and the other is reduction firing. Each of these characteristics derive from ancient pottery traditions of the region.This Mata Ortiz Pot is signed by the artist Melissa Tena. This unique piece features detailed etch work with hummingbirds, butterflies and flowers. It stands approximately 9" T x 7 1/4" WNo Cracks, chips or flaws. ONE OF A KIND CHRISTMAS GIFT! The item "MATA ORTIZ HAND COILED, ETCHED & PAINTED NATIVE AMERICAN POTTERY WithHUMMINGBIRDS" is in sale since Thursday, November 30, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Latin American\Mexico\Pottery". The seller is "icu812az" and is located in Mayer, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States.