Roberto and Angela Banuelos

Roberto and Angela Bañuelos are a husband and wife team of potters from Mata Ortiz. She forms, sands and polishes their pots while he applies the designs. She uses black, yellow, red, white and mixed colors of clay that he then paints in multiple layers. He often begins by spattering drops of a particular color across the piece, then adding his interpretations of Mimbres designs: fish, rabbits, lizards, feathers and miscellaneous fantasy creatures.

The couple learned to make pottery in 1988 from Rosa Irene and Gloria Isela Lopez, both Angela's sisters and both in-laws of Reynaldo Quezada. Roberto paints and signs all their pots but without Angela, he'd have far fewer pots to sign...

Fish and geometric design on a polychrome jar with a matching stand
Polychrome jar with fish and geometric design plus a matching stand
7 1/2 in H by 8 3/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Rabbits and Paquime geometrics design on a Beige jar
Beige jar with rabbits and Paquime geometrics design
8 1/4 in H by 8 1/2 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Fish and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Fish and geometric design on a polychrome jar
5 3/4 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia
Rabbit and geometric design on a polychrome jar with a geometric opening
Rabbit and geometric design on a polychrome jar with a geometric opening
3 1/4 in H by 4 in Dia
Rabbit and geometric design plus a geometric opening on a polychrome jar
Geometric opening and a rabbit and geometric design on a polychrome jar
3 1/2 in H by 4 in Dia
Sgraffito and painted fish and geometric design on a polychrome jar with a geometric cut opening
Sgraffito and painted fish and geometric design around a geometric cut opening on a polychrome jar
3 1/2 in H by 4 in Dia
Fish and geometric design on a polychrome jar with a geometric cut opening
Fish and geometric design on a polychrome jar with a geometric cut opening
3 1/2 in H by 4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery

Mata Ortiz/Casas Grandes Potters