Just a glance at this decorative plate with the detail of the border and the hatch marks and dots of the background as two birds in the foreground cavort--and you know it is something special. It is a form of Mexican pottery called "petatillo," made famous by one of Mexico's master potters, José Bernabe Campechano. There is a saying in Tonala, Mexico, where this pottery is made: "Petatillo ware is Mexico's answer to Limoge china." Petatillo pottery takes its name from the decorative crosshatching of thin lines that is like the "petate," a finely woven mat used for napping or sleeping. This painting process is labor intensive, and although this plate is unsigned, there are few artists even attempt this work, making it likely that this is a Bernabe. The master has been making petatillo pottery for over 40 years, having learned the art through his family. He first makes the pieces on a foot-powered pottery wheel, and then fires them in his studio. He uses black, white, beige, and red clays as well as special enamels to paint the pieces. All paints and pigments are made from colors found in the soils, and applied with fine brushes of animal hairs, which he makes himself, with the exception of Japanese brushes, which he does buy. He traces designs with a tool called a "burin," then colors in the designs. All of his pieces are fired in a high-temperature kiln, first at 800 degrees C, and then once glazed, fired again at 1000 degrees C. There is no lead in Bernabe's pieces due to this high-temperature firing process. Bernabe is featured in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art," and he is represented in museums and galleries worldwide. There is no mechanism for displaying the plate, so it will need some type of an easel or other method.
The plate measures about 9" in diameter. There are many areas along the rim of the plate where the glaze and paint have worn away revealing the redware underneath.
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