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Mata Ortiz Pottery
featuring hand-built, hand-painted Native Pottery from the Village of Mata Ortiz,
a small community in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico.

The Village of Mata Ortiz is located in Mexico in the State of Chihuahua.

Purely speaking, while the artisans there are "Natives," they are not "Native American Indians," as defined
by the Indian Arts & Crafts Association, of which we are members.

Nonetheless, their work was inspired by the original Casas Grandes pottery that preceded the modern
American Indian pottery movement

The earlier work was crude in its form, polish, and paint. Over the years, under the tutelage of acknowledged
master potter Juan Quezada, however, the Village of Mata Ortiz potters have refined their techniques.

Today, they are among the finest artisanal potters in the world. They follow the old method of hand-forming
the pot from coils of clay, working to almost paper-thin walls. The shape and symmetry of the pots created
by the finest of these artists are flawless. The pots are hand-painted in the oldest native tradition, using
symbolic animal designs and geometric patterns.

The grace and form of all pot shapes from bowls to vases to ollas, is quite remarkable. Some of the most
stunning work, however, has been done in effigy pots. These bear three-dimensional representations of
creatures ranging from lizards and snakes to turtles, frogs, and birds.

Despite the extensive development of the art of Mata Ortiz from primitive to fine, the prices for the most
part have not followed suit. The work of the finest of the artists commands healthy prices, although they
normally cost less than equivalent work by a Native American Master. The lesser know potters, who are
producing extraordinary work in their own right are very reasonably priced.


The residents of the community have a tradition of pottery making that takes its inspiration from the
pre-historic days of Casas Grandes. Initially rather crude , their production has now evolved into some of
the most elegant and accomplished work in the field of native pottery. Virtually all are signed by the artists
that create them, and there is a vital trade in these beautiful pieces, the finest of which reside in museums
around the world.

Tourism to Mata Ortiz has historically been an adventurous undertaking given the infrastructure in that
part of Mexico. Recently, however, a paved road has been constructed into the Village and guest accommodations are available in nearby towns or at any of three inns in Mata Ortiz
.
For more information about travel to and places to stay, visit these to sites -
https://www.ortizpots.com
https://www.mataortizcalendar.com

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Olla by Lopez Saenz from Mata Ortiz


PB47 - Olla, pink and burgundy slip with incised black fish images
11" high by 9" diameter
Lionel Lopez Saenz, Village of Mata Ortiz
US$1800
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Gerardo Pena Mata ortiz olla


PH86 - Olla, hand-built, hand-painted with a olive slip over painted with black and umbergeometric motifs
8 1/2" high x 6 1/2" diameter
Gerardo Tena, Village of Mata Ortiz
US$450
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Tena Mata Ortiz vase


PH85 - Olla, rust slip with various tribal designs overpainted in black slip.
8" tall.
Gerardo Tena, Village of Mata Ortiz
$650
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Lopez Saenz olla


PB38 - Olla, large, hand-built, hand-painted, polychrome with extraordinary incised scenes from the area. Hard to imagine how much care and work went into this pot. A work of art in its own right.
11" tall, (that's almost a foot ttall)
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Leonel Lopez Saenz, Village of Mata Ortiz
$5000
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Gera Mata Ortiz pot


PF14 - Bowl, hand-built, hand-painted ochre slip with polychrome painted geometric designs, 7 1/2" high x 6" diameter,
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Gera, Village of Mata Ortiz
$900
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