Tavo Silveira

Octavio "Tavo" Silveira Sandoval grew up surrounded by the potters of Mata Ortiz. His father, Nicolas Ortiz, taught him the basics but then Tavo was off on his own. He learned everything he could along the way and has won the Best in Show award at the Concurso de Mata Ortiz several times.

Tavo's style of painting is different in that he incorporates elements of the Quezada and Porvenir styles. He often makes medium-size ollas and puts a red slip on them, usually leaving the rim area unslipped. He'll incise the rim area and then paint the main area with (usually) symmetrical designs that incorporate Paquimé and Mimbres symbology.

Paquime feather, bird elements and geometric designs decorate a lightly carved polychrome jar
Lightly carved polychrome jar decorated with Paquime feather, bird element and geometric designs
8 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Paquime geometric designs on a lightly carved polychrome jar
Lightly carved polychrome jar decorated with Paquimé geometric designs
6 1/2 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a geometric design
13 3/4 in H by 9 1/4 in Dia
Measurement includes ring
Geometric design in a band around the neck of a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a band of geometric design around the neck
8 1/2 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Measurement includes ring
Bands of black geometric design on a red jar with a custom stand
Red jar decorated with a band of black geometric design and a custom stand
9 3/4 in H by 6 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery