Nicaraguan Pottery Siamese Fish, Small
- Award-winning pottery from Nicaragua
- Double-headed design offers a unique view from every angle
- Hand etching adds depth and textural interest
- Highly collectible, artisan quality
- Approximately 8 x 5 x 6 (LxWxH); signed by the artist
This double-headed fish is crafted with a sense of whimsy and imagination, offering an intriguing view from every angle, as seen in the four photos which were taken from each side and end of the same piece. The scales and fins are all meticulously etched by hand, and each piece is signed and dated by the artist.
Some of the world's most distinctive pottery is created in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua, a small village nestled among volcanos alongside a picturesque lagoon. In a typical village scene, you're likely to see ox carts delivering clay and other materials to the various workshops. The clay is thrown on a kick wheel to form the shape, then painted using mineral oxides. In the next step, the pieces are carved, sgraffito style, using homemade tools typically fashioned from the spokes of a bicycle wheel. Once the carving is finished, the objects are baked in a wood-burning kiln constructed from adobe bricks, then polished to complete the creative process. The final product is a truly beautiful object, the result of many hours of loving labor at the hands of gifted artisans. Due to handcrafting, variations should be expected and add to the originality of each piece.
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