Polychrome jar with a sgraffito and painted butterflies, hummingbirds, flowers, leafs, and branch design.
Measures approximately 6 7/8 inches tall (7.5 inches tall with stand) x 6.5 inches wide at widest point. Felted, circular stand included in sale.
Mata Ortiz is a small village in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, less than 100 miles from the US-Mexico border. The pueblo has a population of approximately 2,000 people and is within the municipality of Casa Grandes in a wide fertile valley, which has long been inhabited by indigenous people. The ancient ruins of Casas Grandes are located nearby.
Blanca Isela Arras was born in Nuevo Casas Grandes in 1971. Nuevo Casas Grandes is located where the road from Mata Ortiz meets the highway in the city. Many Mata Ortiz potters have moved to Nuevo Casas Grandes for the schools and the conveniences. Blanca went the other way, to Mata Ortiz, and learned how to make pottery.
She seems to like to do sgraffito and multi-color painted designs of hummingbirds, butterflies and flowers. She signs most of her pieces: Blanca Isela Arras Olivas.
Condition: Excellent, pre-owned
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