Verónica Ortuño
Chicana, Indigenous, Nepantlera

El diablito
earthenware clay and glaze, 2023


dimensions: 3.25" x 8"

El diablito holds deep symbolism for Ortuño, representing the dance of life's dualities: between heaven and hell, life and death, good and evil, and beyond. This hand-built and hand-painted piece aims to serve as a guardian or focal point on altars or during cleansing rituals, banishing negativity and inviting positivity. It explores balance and protection, making it a meaningful addition to sacred spaces.

“In El diablito, I celebrate the devil as a spiritual trickster, symbolizing the defiance of norms and the embrace of unconventional paths. This piece reflects my artistic rebellion, encouraging us to challenge the ordinary and explore new realms of understanding and self-discovery.” —V.O.


Veronica Ortuño, born in Santa Ana, California, embarks on a journey of self-discovery through her art, weaving together the threads of her heritage and personal experiences. Ortuño's work is a vibrant tapestry that reflects the rich mosaic of her life—from the stories she's gathered on her travels to the cherished tales passed down through generations. Her hands mold the clay, breathing life into her unique vision of modernism, infusing it with the warmth and spirit of her beloved motherland, México. Step into her world, where colors, textures, and emotions come alive, inviting you to explore the depths of her roots and the essence of her identity. Veronica's ceramics are a testament to the enduring power of cultural connections and the beauty of embracing one's origins.