Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pottery Canteen by Angel Amaya

Mata Ortiz Pottery Canteen by Angel Amaya
Canteens have been utilized for thousands of years.  Before the introduction of metal and wood vessels, they were created from an assortment of materials including wood, ostrich eggs, animal bladders and skins, various gourds, and clay.    Contemporary ceramic canteens are still in vogue with many Southwestern Indian and Mata Ortiz artisans.   They are a challenge to make, but provide an excellent canvas for artistic expression.  In keeping with ancient tradition, most are decorated on the front side only; the backs are flattened to allow them to lie flat.