Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Thrift Store Find: Mata Ortiz Tejido textured bowl by Reynaldo Quezada, Mexico


Recently we were thrift shopping in Portland, and thinking we were done, we wandered down an aisle we'd already covered and headed toward the door. Something on the bottom shelf caught our eye. Looked like Oaxacan pottery. We almost missed it, but could it be what we thought it was?

Actually, it was better than that. It turned out to be a Mata Ortiz Tejido textured bowl, signed, by Reynaldo Quezada, Mexico. We learned a few things about it, most importantly the Quezada family had several prominent makers, and the piece had significant value. At first, we found a couple for sale online, then we found a sales record from 2016.

All signs seemed to point in the same direction, and now we have the piece available for sale in our Etsy shop. To learn more about it, click here.