Hector Javier Martinez

A few years ago Hector Javier Martinez Mendez was working as a mechanic and gardener. Now he is a famous potter from Mata Ortiz. He originated the Day of the Dead and Night of the Dead sgraffito motifs. In 2014 a large pot of his won the Presidential Award at the Premio Nacional de Ceramica in Tlaquepaque, Mexico.

Since then, his business has flourished, although other potters in Mata Ortiz have been busy doing takeoffs of his designs and styles. Hector's wife, Graciela Martinez de Perez, also has a bigger role now in their business and together, they are introducing new styles and designs based on their trademark Day of the Dead and Night of the Dead series.

Day of the Dead sgraffito motif on a black on beige pot
Black on beige pot with Day of the Dead sgraffito motif
7 3/4 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito butterfly and geometric design on a red jar
Red jar with sgraffito butterfly and geometric design
6 in H by 4 in Dia
Sgraffito Night of the Dead motif on a black and beige jar
Black and beige jar with sgraffito Night of the Dead motif
6 1/2 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
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Black and white jar with sgraffito Day of the Dead motif
6 3/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito Night of the Dead motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Night of the Dead motif
8 1/2 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito Night of the Dead motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Night of the Dead motif
8 1/4 in H by 6 3/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito Day of the Dead motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Day of the Dead motif
8 1/4 in H by 7 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito Night of the Dead motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Night of the Dead motif
7 in H by 4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito Day of the Dead motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Day of the Dead motif
8 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito Day of the Dead motif ion a black and beige jar
Black on beige jar decorated with a sgraffito Day of the Dead motif
7 1/2 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito Day of the Dead motif on a black and beige jar
Black and beige jar decorated with a sgraffito Day of the Dead motif
6 3/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito Night of the Dead in the Mexico City Zocala motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar with a sgraffito Night of the Dead in the Mexico City Zocala motif
18 1/4 in H by 17 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito Day of the Dead motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Day of the Dead motif
6 1/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito Night of the Dead motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Night of the Dead motif
6 3/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito Night of the Dead motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Night of the Dead motif
8 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito Night of the Dead design inside a polychrome bowl
Polychrome bowl decorated with a sgraffito Night of the Dead design
2 3/4 in H by 12 in Dia
Sgraffito Night of the Dead motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Night of the Dead motif
10 1/4 in H by 7 3/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito Dyay of the Dead motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Day of the Dead motif
7 1/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito Day of the Dead motif on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Day of the Dead design
7 3/4 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito Night of the Dead design on a black and white jar
Black and white jar decorated with a sgraffito Night of the Dead design
10 1/2 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Day of the Dead motif on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with Day of the Dead motif
4 1/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Day of the Dead motif on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with Day of the Dead motif
4 1/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Sgraffito St. Gertrude de Nevelles design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with sgraffito and painted St. Gertrude de Nevelles design
4 1/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Virgin of Guadalupe and roses design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with Virgin of Guadalupe and roses design
4 1/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand

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