I happened upon Gustavo's work while looking on Google Images for someone else's work. WOW! I am in love with these pieces! I adore the patterns created by the color and line, but those cuts add the perfect point of interest and movement to the work.
Gustavo is a Mexican artist and is influence by his pre-Columbian heritage.
"I am Mexican, I work mostly at my studio in Zoncuantla in the state of Veracruz, in Mexico. But I also work, a few months every year, in the atelier of my partner Brigitte Pénicaud in France, at Les Places, close to Argenton sur Creuse."
He states that the most important moment in his career as a ceramic artist was "when I discovered, by accident, the effect produced on the wall of a thrown piece by making an incision open as in a wound. What Garth Clark called “the gentle cuts”. This discovery produced without a doubt the international recognition for my work. And I must say that I felt a profound pleasure in realizing that such a simple effect (because it is indeed a very easy technical resource) had never been used in the thousands of years of ceramics history, ot at least, never had been really developed."
(excerpts are from Venice Clay Artists interview with the artist http://www.veniceclayartists.com/gustavo-perez-mexican-ceramicist/