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Gerardo Ortega - Mexican Folk Art, Dog on Chair Drinking a Beer, 9" x 3.5" x 4" Ortega 39

Mexico
$79.00

Gerardo Ortega - Mexican Folk Art, Dog on Chair Drinking a Beer, 9" x 3.5" x 4" Ortega 39

The Ortega family has been working in Barro Betus for four generations. This is also called "Fantastic Ceramics" because of the bright colors used, 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 process begins with "tortillando" or kneading the clay into unique shapes. The kiln is readied and fires pieces created several days before. Before firing, the clay is black. The pieces have to be dried in the open air before baking them or they will explode. The firing is done at a very low temperature compared to other types of ceramics. Each figure is rubbed with birch oil just before firing, giving them a lacquered appearance once finished. Kilns are simple brick holes covered with old tiles.

The village of Santa Cruz de las Huertas, Jalisco is the only village that makes barro betus which is one of the seven traditional ceramic techniques that Tonalá has become famous for.

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Gerardo Ortega - Mexican Folk Art, Dog on Chair Drinking a Beer, 9" x 3.5" x 4" Ortega 39

The Ortega family has been working in Barro Betus for four generations. This is also called "Fantastic Ceramics" because of the bright colors used, 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 process begins with "tortillando" or kneading the clay into unique shapes. The kiln is readied and fires pieces created several days before. Before firing, the clay is black. The pieces have to be dried in the open air before baking them or they will explode. The firing is done at a very low temperature compared to other types of ceramics. Each figure is rubbed with birch oil just before firing, giving them a lacquered appearance once finished. Kilns are simple brick holes covered with old tiles.

The village of Santa Cruz de las Huertas, Jalisco is the only village that makes barro betus which is one of the seven traditional ceramic techniques that Tonalá has become famous for.

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SKU: Ortega 39
Availability: 6.5x5.5
Width: 6.50
Height: 5.50
Depth: 6.00
Warranty: 46