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Oaxacan black pottery ceramic angel - Oaxaca
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Oaxacan black pottery ceramic angel - Oaxaca

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Sold Date: 12/09/2007
Channel: Online Auction
Source: eBay


This is a cute little boy angel, with his hands clasped together in prayer, made from the famous Oaxacan black pottery. He measures about 6" high and 3 ¼" wide at the base. T are various cut out designs along the body, so it works great as a candle cover! This piece has traveled straight from the village of San Bartolo Coyotepec , (w black pottery was invented!), to our store. We hope you enjoy!

Thanks for looking, and please visit our ebay store! We may combine shipping on multiple purchases- email us for details!

If you happen to be in the Northern California area, you can visit our store in person! The Oaxacan Fair Trade Co. is located at 6932 Sebastopol Avenue in Sebastopol , CA !


Dona Rosa, who died in 1980, is a giant in Oaxacan ceramics. Dispite her diminutive size, she earned renown for her expertise in creating beautiful forms and applying quartz to the clay before firing. This resulted in a brilliant and intense black surface, in contrast to the previously dull gray appearance of the utilitarian ceramics of this pueblo.

The experience of watching Dona Rosa work was unforgettable. A petite powerhouse of a woman, she sat on the ground on a "petate" (a woven straw mat) next to her "wheel," two gray ceramic saucers placed back to back, a method pre-dating the Spanish conquest. Without a wasted movement, she fashioned graceful shapes out of clay, as inspired ideas flowed through her fingers in a seemingly endless stream.

The son and daughter-in-law of Dona Rosa, as well as four of their sons and three daughters-in-law, respectfully carry on her legacy. All pieces are hand-built and decorated in one or more of five ways: engraving (with the use of bamboo or a sharper tool), cut-outs (made with a knife), "pastillaje" (pieces of clay added to the surface to create relief), superimposed pieces of metal, and colored paints.

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