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Just unpacked! Hand crafted folkart ceramics from the world famous ortega family.
Gerardo Ortega and his brothers junior and Oscar, along with their extended families, have been creating these whimsical figures of clay for over 20 years.
Each piece is crafted from clay, one by one! No molds are used. Once finished, each piece is sun dried then fired. They are they painted. Every piece is unique and truly one-of-a-kind!
This style of pottery, based on designs by their grandmother, is referred to âBetusâ Barro (clay). This Betus pottery, also called CerÃ¡mica FantÃ¡stica (Fantastic Ceramics) because of the bright colors used. this is one of seven distinct pottery styles indigenous to Tonala. The small village where the family live and work is the only place where this pottery is crafted. Their home is also their workshop.
Barro betus gets its name from the oil bath it receives in aceite de betus (oil of betus - a resin extracted from the pine tree) before it is fired.
The origin of barro betus dates back to colonial times and is surrounded by myths.
The family stays true to their art, and contributes to local, state and national competitions.
They provide opportunities for apprenticeships to young people who want to learn this style of pottery.
While their whimsical style is often imitated, The Ortega family truly are the best! Highly collected, their pieces are in museums and high end collectors all over the world.
This technique has been passed to 5 generations of the Ortega family, 2 of which currently run the operation - the older 'hermano' (brother) Gerardo is the 'Gerente General' and then the other brothers Oscar and Eleutario (junior) oversee production and painting.
The sons, daughters, nephews, and nieces who range in age of 19-39, work in production, design, and painting.
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