These vibrant hand carved wooden animals are from artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico. They are hand-carved out of copal wood, and many members of each family assist in creating each piece;whether it is the carving itself, the gathering of wood, the sanding or painting. They first came about in the 1940’s to celebrate the native folk art styles of the area.
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Some of our most unique and eye catching pieces from our recent Mata Ortiz show. Mata Ortiz is a small pottery village in Mexico where a variety of talented artists have helped to revitalize the local economy with their specialized skills. The Mata Ortiz method is derived from the old world methods utilized from a nearby ancient pueblo where this particular style of pottery originated. The modern renditions are very much still inspired from these old ways. All of the clay is hand collected and made, the pots themselves are completely hand- coiled with no wheel. Hand painted and fired as well. Intricate and flawless, please Click on the images for details and to Enlarge
There has been no Villa Grove Turquoise on the market for over 25 years.The Villa Grove Turquoise Mine that Randy acquires most of his turquoise from is located in the North end of the San Luis Valley. The past two summers Randy has begun mining the turquoise for his jewelry, and will be venturing to the mine with the necessary equipment to mine the high – grade vein. Since retiring , he has returned to his passion which is jewelry, and silversmithing. His pieces are striking and unique and the Villa Grove Turquoise has a deep rich blue. Click on the images to see pieces in detail.