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Across the border is the Sonoran Desert, full of grandeur and also a natural habitat of several beautiful species of deer. The deer is considered sacred by the native indigenous people of this region. The coues deer (or white tail) and the mule deer (largest of the deer species in the world) shed their antlers each year. Naturally shed antlers is part of the mysterious balance of nature and is a symbol of permanent renewal. With the utmost respect for nature and ecology, the antlers we offer share their natural whimsical form along with the creative talent of the artist to form one-of-a-kind creations for you to admire and enjoy!

Many states in Mexico are well known for wood carvers. Our friends in Guadalajara, Guanajuato and Michoacan specialize primarily in carved furniture, saint statues and custom architectural elements. All carved with small hand tools! These charming creations are for those who appreciate the time and natural artistic abilities carried down through the generations.

Zapotec Indian 2,000 year old heritage lives on in the villages of Oaxaca, Mexico! The weavers of Teotitlan del Valle still reflect original influences from the Mayans, Aztecs and Colonial Spanish but have absorbed ideas from other cultures in history. Zapotecs continue to use 100% sheep wool and only natural dyes derived from plants and insects in their rich Oaxacan Valley. The Spanish colonial floor loom was introduced during the conquest of Mexico and remains the “machine” of today.

Known for her one-of-a-kind burnished, pit fired clay vessels, she has been making pottery sine 1970. Special shapes, texture and firing of her pots are inspired by and learned from early traditions of Pueblo Native Americans in the Southwest. In addition to her Master of Fine Arts degree, she has worked, learned & shared artistic techniques on the Hopi Reservation with Steve Lucas and in Mata Ortiz with Lidia Quesada both highly notable traditional clay artisans. Today she teaches, guest lectures and exhibits.

Molly creates pots by hand on the potter’s wheel, carefully hand burnishes with jasper stone while damp, then again after drying. The pot is then fired in an open sand pit, nestled in sawdust, seaweed, copper and dry cow dung. These natural elements move as the flames move, enhancing each pot each day, affected by wind & weather assuring no two pieces are ever alike in their coloring. Burnishing gives the pot a surface polish, and the fire gives the variegated swirls & colors. Truly fine works of art by hand & nature.