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Above all MAIDA values artists from ancient lands...dedicated to uplifting artists and preserving heritage.
MAIDA collaborates with Indigenous and Mestizx artists, creating one of a kind, hand made pieces.



Johnny Ortiz —

Clay

Vallecitos, NM. micaceous clay responsibly harvested near Taos, NM. Pit-fired with local red cedar, stone polished, cured with elk marrow and finished in bees wax.

Sold in small batches, and fired on the full moon, there have been two releases of Johnny’s work through MAIDA. The plates (fired 11.7.19), sold individually, and the flower mezcal cups (fired 5.7.20), strawberry mezcal cups (6.5.20) sold as a set of four.

All of Johnny’s pieces have a signature black color,  a gift from the release of carbon during the firing, and are cured with elk marrow and finished in beeswax. Born and raised in Taos and on the Taos Pueblo, Johnny’s pieces carry the magic of the land and sky from which he is from.

To learn more about Johnny and his other work check out /Shed, “an ongoing meditation on where we live in Northern New Mexico, a celebration of its nature and the fleeting of time.”

A dinner series through which you can eat endemic foods off of plates just like these, tickets for dinners are available through its website.

/Shed
@shed_project



Gino Antonio —

Silver



Window Rock, AZ. tufa cast

All of MAIDA’S sterling silver pieces are made in collaboration Gino Antonio. Gino has inherited two gorgeous practices from his grandfather, silver smithing and horse healing.

Gino blesses each piece with the prayers of that lineage, which you can sense in the strength and power of each piece. When Gino’s not silver smithing, he’s performing horse blessing ceremonies in the traditional Navajo way.



Camilla Trujillo —

Clay

Española, NM.,  micaceous clay, stone polished or non toxic glaze

Camilla Trujillo has been studying traditional regional pottery techniques for over 25 years.

All of Camilla’s designs are based on found pottery from archeological digs in Eastern New Mexico.

Now reproduced in Española, the designs exemplify the mixed ancestry that is the southwest, a combination of Tewa tradition and Spanish Franciscan, dating back to the missions of the 1600’s.

Because modern kilns were not yet in New Mexico, pieces were pit fired and given a stone polish finish with no glaze.

MAIDA in collaboration with Camilla has developed a clear glaze that maintains the aesthetic of each piece while making the pieces food safe for every day, lifetime use.