PB38 Mata Ortiz Leonel Lopez Saenz Quezada olla
This work of pottery art defies description. From base to opening, it portrays animal life, plant varieties and aspects of terrain, from a soaring eagle to fish in a pool formed by a falling stream. Each element is painted according to a etched basis for its presence. The effect is transcendent. The work is almost monumental, standing 11 inches high. The maker is Leonel Lopez Saenz, a descendent of Juan Quezada. #PB38
A prehistoric ruin near Chihuahua, Mexico, Casas Grande was the source of a old pottery tradition. It was the home of crudely produced and finished pottery. In the 1970's, Juan Quezada, a resident of the area, which became known as the Village of Mata Ortiz, began reproducing pottery in the traditional style of Casas Grandes. Pots created by Quezada and his associated villagers, many of whom are family members, are highly respected and valued today. You will find them in collections and museums as demanding as the Smithsonian.
More than 300 other households in Mata Ortiz, now also create beautiful pottery. These artisans specialize in hand-built pots (wheels are not used). In the tradition of the Pueblos to which Mata Ortizans aspire; the medium used is local clay harvested by the potters and their families. Painted designs are also sourced from nature. Designs are frequently etched before being defined by paint. The pottery is fired in shallow pits, not in kilns. Each piece is signed by the artistGrande traditions, but has developed a distinctive artistic style all it's own.