Ismael Flores

Ismael Flores Ledezma and his wife, Maria Loya de Flores, are a husband-and-wife team of potters in Mata Ortiz. He learned the traditional art from Manolo Rodriguez, his cousin, in the late 1980's.

Today, Maria builds, sands and polishes their pots while Ismael paints and fires them. Their early creations were often painted in the quadrito (four-direction) style, then they progressed to a more open and flowing style with designs that stretch across the whole of their pots with plenty of open space between, kind of like the Quezada style. Primarily, they make pots, bowls and wedding vases.

Bird element and geometric design inside and geometric design outside on a polychrome bowl
Polychrome bowl with geometric design outside and bird element and geometric design inside
5 1/4 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a geometric design
5 1/4 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Measurement includes ring
Pottery photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery