Posted 3 years ago
Full Imgur Gallery:
11” Across (from edge of round potion to end of handle)
4 1/2” High
Bottom of round pot: 8” across
Handle: 3 ¼” long
Found at yard sale in Phoenix, AZ
After hours of googling last night, I came to the conclusion that this may be Tlaquepaque - Tonala pottery – the kind of pottery made to sell to tourists on the streets of Tlaquepaque and Tonala in Mexico. The floral / leaf design may be “Flor de Tonala” or Fantasia style. It’s an unusual color scheme, but I found a few similar examples.
However, there are some things about this theory that do not make sense:
1. If this is the case, why isn’t the pot marked “MEXICO” like every other example I’ve seen?
2. Why would a pot with obvious flaws (the brown spots under the glaze) be sold to tourists?
3. Why would a badly flawed pot like this be fired in the first place? Back when I did ceramics, we had a bin for flawed pieces like this (you'd throw your broken or flawed pieces in the bin, and later the clay could be rehydrated & re-used). If this is a piece made in a tourist town for tourists, why wasn’t this pot just recycled? There must be a reason why it was not only fired but also glazed – both resource-intensive processes.
4. The cream and blue color scheme and flowers with pointed petals both seem unusual for Tonala Tlaquepaque pottery. The flowers with pointed petals seem almost European?
5. Is there any significance to the metallic sheen in the glaze?
6. What's up with the weird deer/rabbit/duck/bird creature? It doesn't fit any images of Fantasia style deer or Nagual imagery from Mexico that I can find.