Original Chulucanas Peru Pottery Polka Dot Geometric Vase Signed Paz 6" Yqz For Sale
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Gorgeous Design Masterfully Done Shabby Chic
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Up in this sale is a gorgeous geometric polka dot pottery vase. It is from Chulucanas Peru and is signed by the artist Valeriano Paz. It measures approx. 6" high and 5 1/2" across. We are calling it shabby chic condition because we can see light scratches and wear to the vase and one glaze flake. No chips or cracks!
Thousands of years ago, the potters of the Vicus culture in the coastal deserts of Peru were known throughout the land as the finest ceramic artists. Using the clay beneath their feet, the natural symbols around them and a strong religious inspiration to guide them, they fashioned elegantly shaped, subtly painted ceramic pots. Hand burnished with volcanic rock, decorated with earth colors of naturally-dyed slips, and based on their ancient culture for motifs as old as time, Chulucanas pottery is made by the descendants of these indigenous artist of northern Peru. Chulucanas pottery can be considered a true inheritance from the Precolombian art of the Vicus, not only because of its quality but also because its artists have captured the techniques that were developed more than 2,000 years ago in the northern coast of Peru.
The artists search for a message or theme of a piece which guides them as they work on it to completion. This type of art is so natural that you can detect the smell of earth and wood fires on the pieces. To own Chulucanas pottery and art is to own a piece of history of ancient America.
Chulucanas is a town in northern Peru, near the foothills of the Piura highlands and not far from the border with Ecuador. In the 1960s the Moncada and Sosa families of Chulucanas began a serious study of early decorative ceramic methods. They began by making fruit and animal shapes, and later added human figures typical of the local cultural environment. These included "chicheras", women with children, families, dancers, birds and a variety of animals from the desert. The negative-positive technique was researched and its renewed use has now evolved into a wide variety of shades ranging from light to a dark, almost black ocher. The color is obtained by selecting several fuels such as tender or ripe (fresh or dry) leaves from banana and mango trees. The quantity of fuel placed in the second firing is what provides the variety of shades.
Valeriano Paz Arishendis invokes fantastical images where geometry and symmetry are carefully exalted. He paints them on handcrafted vases as a testimony of the rich artistry that distinguishes the Chulucanas ceramic legacy. The pottery emerges from the kiln hardened and smooth, ready for decoration. In the classic technique, a mixture of sand and ash is used to paint the designs. The ash mixture may be brushed on or applied with a wooden stencil. Modern techniques have replaced the ash mixture with liquid clay slips (called barbotilla), which can be colored more easily. In either case, those portions of a piece that are to be black are not covered, but left bare.
The decorated piece is then placed in a second kiln filled with mango and / or banana leaves, either fresh or dried. The smoke and resin produced by the burning leaves render the unprotected areas a shiny brown to black. The color obtained is a function on the type and quantity of leaves burned in the kiln. A given piece may be smoked more than once, until the desired effect is achieved. This gives the distinctive Chulucanas finish.
Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 8 oz in a 12 x 10 x 10 box.
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Original Chulucanas Peru Pottery Polka Dot Geometric Vase Signed Paz 6" Yqz: $37