Small Teresita Terracotta Planter

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Small Teresita Terracotta Planter
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100% Terracotta. 5-6" L x 4-5" W. Handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico.
José García Antonio (born 1947) is a Mexican potter from San Antonio Castillo Velasco in the municipality of Ocotlán, Oaxaca, a town noted for its handcrafts. Introduced to the Whitney Shop by Aurora James, Founder and Creative Director of Brother Vellies, a CFDA-award winning luxury accessories brand founded in 2013 with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs, Garcia Family ceramics are handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico. These terracotta ceramics are made using clay from the soil in their village; sculpted, shaped, and coiled by hand; and then fired over open flames in the traditional Oaxacan way that has been passed down through families for 3,000 years. No two will ever be identical, and each one has its own personality, making the piece you select or receive yours and yours alone.

José García Antonio began making horses and giraffes from clay without any teacher to guide him at the age of seven, impressing others with his talent. His first commercial pieces were incense burners and he has since moved on to being well known for his life-sized sculptures of Zapotec women, mermaids, and other representational figures. He and his family have been recognized for their work and featured in books and exhibitions for their mastery of ceramics and Mexican folk art. After experiencing problems related to cataracts with his sight for 50 years, he is now blind but continues to work daily by touch and feel. His wife, Teresita Mendoza Reyna Sánchez, is both his partner and his muse as she remains one of his most enduring inspirations as well as his assistant in the finishing details of all of their sculptures.

José has passed his art onto his children who work in the family compound in San Antonio alongside him. One of the ways to identify their pieces are by the moles seen on many of the foreheads of the women. Teresita has a mole in the middle of her forehead, and Jose has noted that he began included that in his work as a tribute to her.

This sculptural work may seem familiar as it was seen on the September cover of Vogue as part of a portrait of Ms. James painted by Jordan Casteel, a contemporary artist whose work, The Baayfalls, is currently featured on The Highline at 22nd Street.
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100% Terracotta. 5-6" L x 4-5" W. Handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico.