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Elizabeth wrote at 2006-12-29 20:14:49
Dona Rosa's actual signature for her own pieces was "Dona Rosa, Coyotopec, Oax." Anything that says Dona Rosa, SB Coyotopec, Oaxaca, Mexico is made by an artisan at the Dona Rosa Studio and is still used today, 24 years after her death.

Patrick JB wrote at 2008-12-02 20:03:23

Hi There,

Having been a collector not only of Dona Rosa Pottery but varying Zapotec Art I would like to add to this reply.

The Zapotec, traditionally believe that the artistic capabilities and work they provide is a 'God Gifted Talent' and that the signing of work is, in some ways disrepectful of the Gods in that they themselves claim the work over the Gods. This is a tradition, however due to this many Zapotec Atr pieces go unsigned, Painting, Rugs, Pottery.

Individual to Dona Rosa Pottery the signature, if put there is often lost in the last firing and polishing. Dona Rosa signed only pieces where requested. Here original pieces do not display the very high sheen as seen today as the more polished pieces are polished with a hand held drill with Quartz head. Dona Rosa original pieces will have a mid-sheen. Only pieces made by either herself or her son (or direct descendents) are signed. They should be signed Dona Rosa, Oaxaca.

I hope this helps, best regards, Patrick

MARLYN CASTILLO wrote at 2009-05-01 04:05:34
This is in response to a question you received in 2006 regarding the signature on ORIGINAL Dona Rose pieces.  My pieces were bought approximately 35 years ago when my family and I were visiting the studio and Dona Rose was still alive and creating while her son was taking newly fired wares out of the fire pit.  What a wonderful day that was.  The signature reads Dona Rosa San Bartolo Coyotepec around the outside edge of the base with Oaxaca in the center of the base.

M. Castillo

Connie Giles wrote at 2013-09-08 15:02:22
My piece is signed Dona Rosa, oax Mex   It's a hollow ball about 14 inches across with cut work throughout. Low sheen finish. Black and beautiful!


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Mexican Tourist Pottery (20th century) only, cannot answer any other kind of pottery q. I can usually identify what region a piece came from, maybe even who may have made it and its likely age. I started buying and selling Mexican Tourist Pottery in 1982 and have been told I have the biggest selection in a shop in the U.S. (I don`t know that this is true.) I do NOT want to be in the position of pricing pieces for people to put on eBay, since i am a buyer.

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