Adrian Corona

Adrian Corona is a potter living and working in the village of Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua, Mexico. He seems to like creating his designs using the sgraffito method on slips of various colors covering a white body pot.

Born in 1987, Adrian learned to make pottery from his mother, Ana Trillo, and they still collaborate on a few things. Adrian earned a 1st Place ribbon at the 2010 Concorso National de la Ceramica in Tlaquepaque, Mexico. He also earned a 1st Prize ribbon that year for New Design.

Since 2017 most of Adrian's work has revolved around bats, sgraffito black bats in a nature motif on a white clay body. The design is his and it's worked out very well for him.

Since earning a few more ribbons at the Annual Tlaquepaque Concurso, Adrian has been traveling the world, demonstrating his techniques and learning new ones. He passes through Santa Fe regularly, last time I saw him even met his mom (great people, very down to Earth). He told me a lot of his inspiration comes from Egyptian and Mayan artwork. With all the competition in Mata Ortiz, he's been pushed to find a niche that works for him. The bat designs have done that nicely and he's been developing different versions of it to branch into.

Sgraffito wildlife design on a black on tan jar
Black on tan jar decorated with a sgraffito wildlife design
6 1/2 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito Day of the Dead motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Day of the Dead motif
7 1/2 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito Day of the Dead motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Day of the Dead motif
7 3/4 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia Measurement includes stand

Mata Ortiz/Casas Grandes Potters