Pottery Gallery
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Mata Ortiz Pottery

Mata Ortiz pottery, (previously known as Casas Grandes pottery) named after the small village in Chihuahua, Mexico, where it originated and is now being produced, has achieved the enviable status as perhaps one of the more innovative ceramics movements to evolve in the 20th century.

Unlike Native American potters, these artists are not confined to stylistic traditions. Rather, these potters have had the unique ability to follow any successful tangent, in whatever direction the artist feels to explore. For this reason, their pottery has achieved unrivaled diversity in style, design, and creativity.

This gallery will display the finest and the most diverse selection possible, with emphasis on showcasing the many excellent, yet less publicized artists, in addition to those like Juan Quezada and Jorge Quintana, whose work is well known.

Woodcarving Gallery
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Oaxacan Woodcarvings

Oaxacan woodcarvings, also known as alebrijes, have been a tradition for generations in several small villages outside the capital of Oaxaca, Mexico. Only in the past 35 years have they become popular, and are now collected worldwide. Using rudimentary tools, these artists create fascinating figures out of green, fresh-cut copal wood. After drying and sanding, the carvings are painted, limited only by each artist’s imagination.

The woodcarvings range from the simple, humorous and whimsical to exceptionally carved and ornately painted fine pieces of art.

This gallery will display the finest selection possible to represent this tradition, with particular attention to pieces from artists like Jacobo Angeles whose work is continually evolving.

Solmar Imports would like to introduce you to...
Two books about the finely crafted woodcarvings from the Oaxaca
region of Mexico and the artists who produce these exquisite pieces.
Alebrijes Vol. I
describes their historic roots,
manufacture & economic
relevance in the Mexican
state of Oaxaca and the
biographies of the most
renowned Mexican artists
creating these artworks.
Contains 272 photos --
an overview of the art,
of the last few years.
Click here for more
Alebrijes Vol. II
describes the lives of
Jacobo & María Ángeles
and their progress as
eminent sculptors
and artists. Contains
133 photographs and
gives an overview of
their works over the
course of the last
few years.
Click here for more
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