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Signed Art Pottery

Mata Ortiz Pottery in Puerto Vallarta

You will undoubtedly see some lovely pottery as you peruse Puerto Vallarta’s many art galleries, and none is more lovely than Mata Ortiz pottery. If you haven’t yet taken the opportunity to check it out, this is the time. Honestly, it won’t hurt you to get away from the pool at your Mexico Vacation Villa Rental for a couple of hours and pick up a bit of culture. You may just come away with some beautiful pottery, as well.

Mata Who?
Mata Ortiz pottery is growing in recognition and popularity. The name is not that of a person, but rather that of a pueblo (town) in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, near the border where Mexico, Texas and New Mexico come together. Members of this small community (it’s only a few blocks big) began making a name for themselves and their pots in 1976, when they and their work were “discovered.”

It’s not so much that they were “lost” to begin with; that just happens to be the date that the outside world became aware of the exquisite work they produced. Master potter Juan Quezada introduced, or rather reintroduced, the centuries old method of forming pots with coils of local clay. Today, his students and followers continue to make all their pots by hand, without the use of potters’ wheels.

That’s some sophisticated folk art
It didn’t take long for Mata Ortiz pottery to become acknowledged as a legitimate form of contemporary art. Art aficionados and pottery experts will tell you that both the construction and the decorative style are derived from Paquime Casas Grandes pottery, as well as from the Mimbres traditions of the American Southwest. Mata Ortiz artists do not simply recreate old designs, however. Their work is unique and modern, despite its ancient origins.

Now that you’re convinced that this bears looking into, you’re ready to dash out the door of your Mexico Vacation Villa Rental, but first, you need to locate a source for these works of art. In Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find Mata Ortiz pottery at the Mata Ortiz Pottery Gallery (who knew?) at Lázaro Cárdenas 268A. And the Galeria de Ollas, at Corona 176, features a large collection of signed pieces from the village. If you do decide to acquire a piece, take your time and really look at each piece. They are all lovely, but if you listen, one in particular will surely speak to you.

About the Author

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You’re Fooled Into Downloading a “friendly” Spyware

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To avoid this kind of misfortune, you might try downloading a spybot tool, this is the perfect antidote. Not only that it will keep away the nasty “friend”, but it will also delete any old ones that you might have had prior to the spyware tool. When it comes to your computer security, spyware is a problem to be taken seriously therefore it doesn’t hurt to have a removal at your discretion.

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Signed Art Pottery

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specifically, i’m trying to get my hands on a piece of art similar to one in the house – it’s a tall black sign that seems to have a list of railway stations on it in white type. i’ve seen similar signs in banana republic stores, and in pottery barn catalogs, but nobody seems to actually SELL this art… anybody have any ideas?

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Handmade Turkish China

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Types Of Rugs

There are five main methods of rug production with variations within each technique.  Here we will give a very brief overview of each rug making method.

The production method is only a small part of the story.  The quality of the fibre, the expertise of the weaver, the knot count or stitch rate of the rug, and with handmade rugs, the quality of the shearing and washing process will all affect the quality and price. Ultimately you should buy what you like, most rugs sold today have no real provenance, they are mass produced and suit most buyers’ needs.  By explaining the differences in rug production methods we hope to help you buy a rug that will perform to your expectations and give value for money.

Hand knotted Rugs

When we use the term of Oriental rugs we mean a hand knotted rug, the oldest of all the rug making techniques, each tuft is tied onto the warp by hand with a knot at the base of the tuft, a weft (sometimes more than one) is inserted between the warp threads and hammered tight to form the pile of the rug .Two types of knot are commonly used; the Turkish knot and the Persian knot, although the Turkish knot is widely used in Iran especially in tribal and nomadic weavings. Most Oriental pieces are unique and not available in sizes other than the rug you see. An experienced adult weaver can tie between 6,000 and 9,000 knots per day. KPI or knots per inch is used as one of the quality indicators of this type of rug. Considered the only type of rug to buy by the true enthusiast, hand knotted rugs can be a very wise investment as the traditional art of village and tribal weaving is becoming less common and good pieces are harder to source.  Hand knotting is very time consuming and good quality pieces can command high prices.  We stock small hand knotted rugs from £30.00 each to Fine Persian rugs up to £10,000 each.

Flat woven Rugs

Flat woven rugs are usually known as kilims or kelims in Turkey, Gelims in Persia (Iran) or Dhurries in India.  Kilim is a general name used for any non pile rug in the Middle East. More precisely a kilim is a tapestry.  There are different production methods used, the best known being slit weave and Soumacs.  Usually made from wool and used as floor coverings, throws and wall hangings.

Hand tufted Rugs

A cotton scrim is stretched across a vertical frame, the design of the rug is printed or drawn onto this.  The pile fibre is inserted into the back of scrim with a tufting gun.  The rug is then laid out flat and stretched onto another frame.  Latex is applied to prevent the tufts from coming out and a second backing material is added.  Most of the hand tufted rugs coming into Europe today are made in China or India. There is a huge selection of both contemporary and traditional designs to choose from. Generally prices are a fraction of a good quality hand knotted rug but like hand knotted rugs you get what you pay for, Our Nourison 2000 collections use high quality wool with the addition of top quality Chinese silk, each rug is then expertly hand carved.  These rugs will be the same price as an average quality hand knotted rug.

We will deal with each technique and their processes in more detail in future articles.

Hand loomed Rugs

Usually Indian production, hand loomed rugs are quicker to produce than hand tufted rugs .This reflects in the price of the rug, various pile textures can be used including loops to create a design in the rug.  The looms are operated on the same type of treadle looms used in the UK over 300 years ago.  Most of our current Multi stripe rug collections are made using this method.  Available in both wool and synthetic fibres hand loomed rugs can offer excellent value.

Wilton Rugs

The tradition of textile weaving in the Flemish region of Belgium goes back for hundreds of years. From a cottage industry the process has changed to the hugely mechanised industry it is today and Wilton rugs are produced all over the world.  There are many types of Wilton construction, face to face is the most commonly used in rug production. The pile is woven sandwiched between two sets of backing material. The finished material is then split leaving two rugs, a mirror image of each other. This is a very fast method of production and the use of top quality materials and high stitch rates can produce a rug that compares favourably with a good quality hand knotted rug.

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The Tooth, The Whole Tooth, And Nothing But The Tooth

To us adults, losing a tooth is scary. The mind cannot stay away from toothless witches, beggars, and the overwhelming dental costs. We hopefully try to protect our teeth from any kind of fall. But for kids, there is even more at stake. Three seemingly insurmountable questions are: how will the tooth come out, how will the tooth fairy get it, and how will money be received for the sacrifice of the tooth?

Our daughter Lailee had a wiggly tooth, and in every mirror, in every spare moment, she was amazed at how it wiggled. Why not, kids and movement, they are a team. The roadblock came with the apple…and the carrots…and whatever else is healthy to eat—which leaves the squishy stuff like ice cream, pudding, and jello. Lailee knew that with crunchy food swallowing whole was not the way to lose a tooth.  Well, for sure, how many adults do get “squeamish” about swallowing the potential bones in canned salmon croquettes and loafs? Then there’s peanut butter sandwiches, but you might as well go to a dentist and get it pulled, or use the string and door fable.

Days went by and fears began to mount about would the tooth really come out, or was that a joke, and will the tooth fairy really come, or was that a joke. We decided to keep both ideas in the same trench, for now.

The upcoming tooth event prompted a lot of contemplation and learning. The value of a tooth to a tooth fairy seems to have gone up these days with everything else. How does the good fairy know if that potential tooth will bring in $1, or more? This is truly a ponderous decision to make…thinking about the succession of teeth (are there 25 or 32), and the total expenditures, or collections—whichever side you are on. We decided ahead of time to low ball at $2.00 just to be over the cheep $1.00 mark.

For Lailee, there was an insistence on preplanning. This was a good use of cause and effect as to how the pillow on top of the tooth will manage to protect the tooth but not prevent the fairy from finding it and leaving the treasure. Lailee decided, ahead of time, that she will provide a clean pillow case– so the fairy will smile, a nightlight– so there will be no mistaking as to who lost the tooth, and a gift beside the bed of (not candy or cookies) a wind up toy to make sure the fairy will be in a good mood for giving.

One day Lailee came home with a gap and a wail. The tooth was a goner. It bounced onto the playground at recess and now there was no evidence for the fairy. This was a tragedy…but as the sunny day provided a beam of light streaming through the glass door, and revealing an orange seed on the floor–a bit battered by the cats–miraculously, we knew we had a good tooth substitute. It will work, it will be fine, and we tried to convince her—to no avail.

Our luck, and to her credit, Lailee decided a last resort was to write a note to explain herself to the tooth fairy, and leave it under the pillow. Later during the night we retrieved the note that said: Dear Tooth Fairy. I am sorry this is a seed. My friend Justin knocked out my tooth at recess, and I couldn’t find it. Please leave the money.

With that we had to leave her a calling card back, complete with picture, which read, “Hey Lailee, no Sweat, saw it all happen and we’re cool” T.F. and $7.00—one for each year of her precious candor. It always pays to be honest.

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Jon is basically a cartoonist and animator for young children. He has had numerous cartoons, drawings and paintings published in magazines and on the internet. If you truly want to have some fun and laughter, go to his kid-friendly website – A top line resource on clean humor for young families!

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