This large, handsome pottery vase is a type of barro bruñido, which means burnished mud in Spanish. It was molded by hand from local clay and hand painted with natural earth pigments by Nicasio Pajarito González (1935-). Nicasio was born in Tonalá, Mexico and has spent all his life working with clay, achieving fame as a master of canelo ware. The word canelo means cinnamon in Spanish, referring to the shades of ochre that distinguish Nicasio's ceramics. This piece, especially due to its size, is one of the most difficult to make; the neck, base, rounded bottom and handles are made separately and then joined together. The paints are applied with his hand-made animal hair brushes and many hours are spent burnishing the piece with stones to smooth out the seams and create the satiny, lustrous surfaces.
Nicasio Pajarito's pottery has won multiple awards and he is featured in the book "The Great Masters of Popular Mexican Art," which has been described as a 'compendium of some of Mexico's greatest artisans.' This dual handled vase bears Nicasio's beautiful hand lettered signature on the bottom in cinnamon colored pigment. We have included a photo of him with his wife, displaying his pottery at a show, and a photo of him with his two sons, Zenón and Isabel, who work with their father and continue to learn from him.
The background color on this vase is a pale tan; the interior is painted an even paler ecru shade. The central motif of the decorations is the flor de Tonalá (Tonalá flower) with fern-like leaves fanning out on each side. All of the details are intricate and finely done and the same on each side. This vase stands 12 1/2 inches tall, measures about 10 inches from handle to handle and has a circumference of 27 1/2 inches around the belly. The base is about 4 inches in diameter, while the mouth measures 3 1/2 inches across. The piece weighs 3 1/4 pounds and is in very good condition. There are tiny chips in the paint that reveal the underlying tan color, and there is excess ecru paint on the lip and dripped in small spots on a few places. There are no cracks or chips in the pottery and it displays beautifully. It's an impressive piece by an eminent, well-respected Mexican potter.
>>>White spots in the photos are reflections from our studio lighting.