PH85 Mata Ortiz Gerardo Tena vase
Gerardo Tena of Mata Ortiz created this elegant vase with its slender extended neck over a globular base. We acquired it from R. Humphries in Albuquerque in 2001. It is 5.5” tall. #PH85
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.