Art Pottery Vase by Dina y Felipe Gutierrez - Sgraffito Fish Motif From San Juan de Oriente
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This handsome pottery vase was created by husband and wife potters Dina and Felipe Gutierrez of San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua. Carved, painted and oven baked in the traditional style of the indigenous Nicoya people, this is virtually a signature look of pottery from this village. Three sgraffitoed fat fish--one blue, one green, one red--swim around the bowl of the vase. The clay was painted with a pale beige ground and then sponged with ochre and dark brown. The narrow 3/4 inch diameter mouth is rimmed in green.
This art pottery vase weighs one pound, stands 4 inches high with a 6 inch diameter at its widest and a 19 inch circumference. The form tapers to a glazed 2 inch diameter round base, which is hand incised in script "Dina y Felipe Gutierrez San Jaun de Oriente Nicaragua." It's in excellent condition and although shaped as a vase, it is not meant to hold liquids and is for decorative use only.
Digna Mercedes Ampié, who signs herself Dina, was interested in ceramics at an early age. She married her last teacher, Felipe Gutierrez (pictured at his wheel), and together they opened a pottery workshop. It's a family affair, as their children now help them in their studio. Their pieces are wheel thrown from the vast deposits of clay in the town that is nicknamed "A Village of Pottery." A revival of pottery making that began there in the 1970's has resulted over the years in beautiful pottery like this vase.