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Exhibition Detail
Mud to Masterpiece: Mexican Colonial Ceramics
Curated by: Donna Pierce
100 W 14th Ave
Denver, CO 80204


June 11th, 2011 - February 17th, 2013
Opening: 
June 11th, 2011 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
Duck Vessel, Tonalá (Jalisco), Mexico, Duck Vessel, Tonalá (Jalisco), Mexico,
1700s, Earthenware with clay slip paints
© Courtesy of Denver Art Museum
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Mud to Masterpiece: Mexican Colonial Ceramics, located on level
four of the North Building, explores the era of global trade and its effect
on traditional Mexican earthenware, Chinese porcelain and Mexican
majolica. Between 1521 and 1821, the ancient Mexican ceramic art of
unglazed, low-fired earthenware was exported to Spain where it
became quite fashionable. In return, Spanish artists introduced the
potter’s wheel and high-fired hard glazes to Mexico, producing a pottery
known as majolica. Trade brought Chinese porcelain to Mexico and its
decorative motifs influenced both native earthenware and Mexican
majolica. More than 30 pieces of Chinese porcelain, Mexican
earthenware and Mexican majolica will be exhibited alongside Mexican
colonial paintings that depict the use of ceramics in daily life.


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