This beautiful red clay bowl was hand painted in the green, red and white colors of the Mexican flag. It's a fine example of the rapidly disappearing artesánia (folk art) of Mexico. The clay was dug up and worked by hand, rather than by machine as later pieces are. The decorations on the upper half are comprised of a white meander (continuous line) design, outlined in a rusty red, scalloped design and topped at each point with a yellow dot. All of this is on a black background sprinkled with white dots and outlined top and bottom with white and black bands.
The potter who made this bowl, probably in the 1960's, signed his full name--Martin Garcia Rios--and his then-current address Hidalgo 137 (137 Calle Hidalgo/ Hidalgo Street), Tonala, Jal (Jalisco). This was all lettered in white paint in careful print--this potter was proud of his work! Senor Garcia Rios is pictured in 2005 at the age of 70. The Aldana workshop referred to in the caption was a pottery that produced hand made wares and operated a retail shop in Tonala about 50 years ago. Calle Hidalgo 137 is now an appliance repair service shop. We could find no further word of Senor Garcia Rios.
The pot is in wonderful condition with no cracks or chips and only minor paint wear. It measures 5 inches in diameter and 3 inches tall. It's a very striking piece of Mexican folk art pottery.