Angel Ortiz Arana Handpainted Burnished Pottery Pitcher. Very finely detailed flowers and animals in earthy polychrome colours hand painted on traditional burnished pottery of Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico.
Approx 12cm high x 18cm widest part
Signed Angel Ortiz Arana
Good condition, used. Some scratches and chips that fit its handmade, rustic look.
You can find more information about Master Ortiz on the book "Ceramica Mexican Pottery of the 20th Century".
Ángel Ortiz Arana is the son of Angel Ortiz Gabriel, acknowledged “artist” often given the title of Grandes Maestros de México.
Angel Ortiz Gabriel grew up with his artisan grandparents and mother in Tonalá, a town known for its distinctive narrative pottery. Since childhood, he has created handmade pottery such as decorative plates, vases, nahuales, bowls and traditional masks. He is currently dedicating himself to the revival of pottery styles from the 1920’s, including country, “Fantasia” or fantasy, and polychrome floral designs. His unique style is easily recognizable and appreciated by collectors of interesting pottery that preserves traditional methods and themes.
Angel Ortiz Arana, follows in his father's footsteps. This tradition of bequeathing ancestral disciplines is one of the casualties of globalization. Many children decide not to follow a life dedicated to the fundamental elements of earth, water, air and fire. Young Angel, however, has taken his birthright to heart. Both artists will tell you that their work is an extension of who they are.
The process used by the Ortiz family is first selecting a quality grade clay. There are good veins of white and black clay in the town of Rosario, a few miles outside of Tonalá, Ajijic, Coyula and Colimilla. Once the clay is gathered and returned to the workshop, it needs to be mixed in proper proportions to make it both strong and flexible so it can resist humidity and heat.
The art piece is formed by hand and then placed in the shade to dry. As it loses its moisture, it becomes hard. The slight irregularities of the piece's surface are polished out with a river stone and water. Using small amounts of water to wash one side of the piece, they deftly sand the area with a smooth stone. Next comes a type of whitewash similar to varnish, which is brushed over the surface. Over this, earth tone paints are used to decorate the object. The designs come from their imaginations and memories. Now the piece is close to being finished. The next step is the firing at 600 degree C. It takes 2-1/2 hours to fire a piece of pottery.