Mata Ortiz pottery is considered as one of the finest ceramics in the world. It is the result of the cultural heritage of the pre columbian culture of Casas Grandes, also known as Paquimé, and the efforts of Juan Quezada Celado; a man who made possible the so called miracle of Mata Ortiz by recovering ancient lost pottery techniques and sharing his knowledge with the people of his hometown in Chihuahua, México. This created a true renaissance of ceramics in the southwest and transformed the remote rural Mexican town of Mata Ortiz into a Pottery artists village.
Mata Ortiz Potters are renowned for the fine modeling of their ollas (Spanish word for pot), and the superb quality of their painting.
In this blogpost we will share some insights about the origins of Mata Ortiz and its link with Southwest ceramics. We hope you enjoy!