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Category Archives: Mata Ortiz

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Mata Ortiz Potters…Rosa Gaona

Once again as we got ready to move on through Mata Ortiz in search of pots,several potters showed up with their wares. One interesting and gratifying aspect of the local culture is that they don’t seem to compete that much. There is an openness to others selling their wares on your doorstep or even right there […]

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Mata Ortiz Potters…Lupito and Ledezma

I am a bit sketchy on these names, but not a bit doubtful of the quality of their work. The extended family in this home specializes in effigy work and their pots almost always include some animal portrayals.

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Mata Ortiz Potters…Lori Andrew

On the dusty quiet street in Mata Ortiz last week, we met two teenage girls with some ceramic creations that were a little different. Masks like the ones produced down country but with techniques from Mata Ortiz. Two masks which are the creation of their mother, Lori Andrew.

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Mata Ortiz Potters…Rosy Mora

Outside the Villalba home Rosy waited with a few polychrome wonders…nothing was said as I selected several small Christmas ornaments and 2 small pots…delicate and smooth. A simple display of Mata Ortiz Pottery.

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Mata Ortiz Potters…Cesar and Gaby Dominguez

On the walls clung shelves and brackets with the supplies and detritus of 100s of days of shaping, sanding, painting…the meticulous potting culture of Mata Ortiz. Before us a beaming Cesar Dominguez holds one of his little pots, a unique museum quality green and graphite gem.

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Mata Ortiz Potters…the Villalba Family

We wandered around the Villalba home/studio for at least an hour…a truly Mexican home and an earthy potting environment. The matriarch watched with few words as I ran my naive eyes over her clay miracles. The walls behind her were layered with crosses, the pope, Jesus, Mary, lots of lights… The use of the reject car […]

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Mata Ortiz Potters…Gerardo Mora

North of Copper Canyon, the town of Mata Ortiz is filled with potters…they call it “The Mata Ortiz Pottery Phenomenon”. You can actually get a vivid description of this on the video of the same name produced by The American Museum of Ceramic Art. This wonderful video includes footage of Mata Ortiz, interviews with Spencer […]

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Mata Ortiz Potters…Tina and Eusebio Sandoval

Last week I was down in Mata Ortiz and made the rounds of ten or more homes visiting and buying pots. Diana Acosta was with me as was Alfredo Murillo. Alfredo (pictured in this recent post) is my right hand in Chihuahua City where he lives with his wife Norma and kids. He also guides […]

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A conversation with Juan Quezadas at Mata Ortiz

I was traveling with Eric and Karen- theTrans Ameicas Journey people and we had the chance to sit down with Juan Quezada, the famous potter of Mata Ortiz. It was fascinating discussion about the origins of the family based pottery works. Check out this video and the pics below.

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