This beautiful white-on-red, Mimbreno-design Mata Ortiz pottery vase was created by potter Ana Trillo. This handmade, traditional pottery vase has a matte finish and thin walls. Its color scheme is white on red clay upon which the images of a quail, a lizard, and a duck pursuing a fish appear. The base of the vase is so narrow that great care is needed to keep it upright; thus, a wire support is recommended. The artist’s signature can be found on the bottom of the pottery.
Potter Ana Trillo appears on page 180 of the book Many Faces of Mata Ortiz. This style of pottery is one of the finest ceramics in the world. Inspired by the Paquime (the Apache Nation), the potters of Mata Ortiz create contemporary works of art, often incorporating Mimbres designs originally shared by the Apache culture. The villages of Mata Ortiz are located in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico.
These pots are called ollas, or coiled pots. They are hand-painted using nature’s own canvas and materials, and never kiln-fired. Open-pit firing is the technique used. Mata Ortiz pottery pieces are created entirely by hand so there are slight variances in size or symmetry.
Mata Ortiz pieces are for ornamental use only; they are not intended to be used as water, food, or flower containers. However, for a collector of traditional Mata Ortiz pottery or of vintage Mexican or Apache artifacts, this stunning white-on red pottery vase would make for an ideal addition to such a collection.