Mata Ortiz Pottery Presentation & Sale

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Presented by Author Dr. John V. Bezy & Master Artist Oralia Lopez
This event is free and open to the public

Mata Ortiz pottery and Zapotec weaving will be featured in a show and sale at Pueblo Grande Museum on February 22, 2020. Dr. John V Bezy will be available for questions on the discover of the prehistoric roots of the beautiful Mata Ortiz ceramics tradition and the archaeological area of Paquimé, located in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico. Master artist Oralia López will answer your questions about the intricate process of painting these pots. Oralia has set the standard in Mata Ortiz for finely executed geometric pottery designs. She is most famous for her unique patterns of graduated squares and triangles, drawn with such exactness that a secondary design of diamonds is produced.

Internationally renowned Zapotec weavers known for finely woven textiles from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico will answer questions on the textiles. Each textile is made by hand and is a unique piece of art featuring traditional Zapotec and Mixtec designs. The rugs, runners, and wall hangings are woven from sheep’s wool and Mohair from Angora goats on upright shuttle looms and feature all-natural vegetable and animal dyes for their textiles.

The show and sale will feature variety of Mata Ortiz pottery and Zapotec weavings of all sizes and price ranges. This is a free event and open to the public made possible through the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. All proceed for the show and sale will benefit Pueblo Grande Museum. Museum admission is not included.


About the Author:
Dr. Bezy earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, taught at several Southwestern colleges, conducted geological studies with State and Federal agencies and the private sector, and authored numerous publications about the human and natural history of the Southwest and northern Mexico. He has worked with the potters of Mata Ortiz for many years and conducts educational tours to this and other parts of Mexico and Latin America.

About the Artist:
Master artist Oralia López has set the standard in Mata Ortiz for finely executed geometric pottery designs. She is most famous for her unique patterns of graduated squares and triangles,drawn with such exactness that a secondary design of diamonds is produced. The designs are painted on white clay with black, red, and white paints. Like all of the members of her family, Oralia uses paints mixed from local minerals. Her work is inspired by a rich heritage of Native American religious symbolism in geometrically patterned ceramics, and provides a spiritual connection to artists whose identity is lost in the mists of antiquity. Oralia’s great dedication to her work is reflected in the magnificent quality of each piece. She shows her work throughout the United States, and her reputation as an exceptional artist has spread to Europe and Asia.

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