Martin Olivas

Martin Olivas Quintana is a potter from Mata Ortiz. He learned the basics of making pottery the traditional way from his brother Jesus. Jesus had learned from their uncle Eduardo Olivas.

Martin appears to prefer working on white clay bodies where he adds multiple colored slips as he carves and etches his designs. He likes strong colors in bold designs that completely cover the surface of a pot.

Paquime feather and geometric designs around the neck of a polychrome jar decorated with a hummingbird, lizard and flower motif
Polychrome jar decorated with sgraffito hummingbird, lizard and flower motif plus a band of Paquime feather and geometric designs around the neck
9 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito dragonflies and geometrics designs on a black jar
Black jar with sgraffito dragonflies and geometric s designs
6 3/4 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito and painted flower, serpent, hummingbird and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Lightly carved polychrome jar decorated with a sgraffito and painted hummingbird, serpent, flower and geometric design
6 1/4 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Lightly carved, sgraffito and painted rabbit, roadrunner and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a lightly carved, sgraffito and painted roadrunner, rabbit and geometric design
6 1/2 in H by 5 1/2 Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito floral and hummingbird design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a sgraffito floral and hummingbird design
6 1/4 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery

Mata Ortiz/Casas Grandes Potters