Angel Amaya and Avelina Corona

Mata Ortiz potter Avelina Corona
Avelina Corona

Angel Amaya is a potter from Mata Ortiz. I'm told he and his wife, Avelina Corona, work together: she makes the pots and cuts the openings while he does the decorations. Both potters were featured in the book The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz (under his name). Angel (and Avelina) mostly produce smaller versions of non-traditional shapes like seed pots, flying saucers and long-neck jar and vases with a mixed red clay and a specially made white paint. They also produce pots with red and black designs on a white body.

Angel learned to paint from Consolacion Quezada, Juan Quezada's older sister, and her son Mauro. It appears that Avelina learned to make pots from her brother-in-law Jesus Martinez as her work closely resembles his with thin walls and streamlined shapes. Once Angel applies his original interpretations of Paquimé designs to Avelina's clay form and the pot is fired, they have produced a very contemporary piece.

Sgraffito and painted geometric design on a red and white jar with a geometric opening
Red and white jar with geometric opening and sgraffito and painted geometric design
4 1/4 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito and painted geometric design on a red and white jar with a geometric opening
Red and white jar with a geometric opening and sgraffito and painted geometric design
1 3/4 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
White geometric design on a long neck red vase
Long neck red vase with white geometric design
11 in H by 6 3/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Geometric opening on a red and white jar with geometric design
Red and white jar with a geometric opening and decorated with a geometric design
1 3/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
An organic opening and a geometric design on a red and white jar
Red jar with an organic opening and decorated with a white geometric design
10 1/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
White geometric design on a red jar with a geometric cut opening
Red jar with a geometric white design and a geometric cut opening
3 1/4 in H by 4 in Dia
Sgraffito and painted geometric design on a red and white jar with a geometric opening
Red and white jar with a geometric cut opening and a sgraffito and painted geometric design
4 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Geometric cut opening and a geometric design on a white on red jar
White on red jar decorated with a geometric design and a geometric cut opening
2 1/4 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito and painted geometric design on a red and white jar with a geometric cut opening
Red and white jar with a grometric opening and a sgraffito and painted geometric design
1 3/4 in H by 4 in Dia
Geometric cut opening and sgraffito and painted geometric design on a white on red jar
White on red jar decorated with a geometric cut opening and sgraffito and painted geometric design
6 1/2 in H by 9 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito and painted geometric design on a white on red jar with a geometric cut opening
White on tred jar with a geometric cut opening and a sgraffito and painted geometric design
3 3/4 in H by 6 in Dia
Sgraffito and painted geometric design on a red and white jar with a geometric cut opening
Geometric cut opening on a red and white jar decorated with a sgraffito and painted geometric design
3 1/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito and painted geometric design on a red and white jar with a geometric cut opening
A geometric cut opening on a red and white jar with a sgraffito and painted geometric design
1 1/2 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
4-panel sgraffito and painted geometric design in white on a red jar with a geometric cut opening
Red jar with a geometric opening and 4-sided sgraffito and white painted geometric design
3 1/2 in H by 4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery