The Artists of Mata Ortiz
Laura Bugarini : She is one of the most accomplished potters of Mata Ortiz. Very early on, she was able to develop a unique style, crafting amazing ollas decorated with small delicate lines and dots that circle the pot creating a dynamic design.
Cesar & Gaby Dominguez: This team of potters produce some of the finest pottery in Mata Ortiz. Their work is exhibited in many museums and collections. They are constantly traveling to shows, museum and gallery exhibits.
They were selected by the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California to
continue with the summer pottery workshops that Juan Quezada used
to give there. Idyllwild continues with them the
summer tradition that began in the 1950's bringing the best artists
in their fields to teach under the pines, such as Maria Martinez,
Lucy Lewis, Blue Corn, Amado Peņa.
Martha Martinez de Dominguez: A successful potter in her own right, Martha learned how to make pottery from her brother in-law, master potter Cesar Dominguez, and from her sister Graciela Gallegos . Her husband Tony Dominguez helps her sand and polish her pots.
Ismael Flores: Ismael Flores is a rising star from Mata Ortiz. He was taught by his cousin Manolo Rodriguez Guillen , and although he has been a potter since the 1980's, he recently changed his cuadritos design for the dynamic swiping lines that make his ollas so appealing.
Hector & Graciela Gallegos:
Hector Gallegos Jr.
Leonel Lopez Saenz: His style has greatly influenced many potters in Mata Ortiz. His designs are always perfectly symmetrical and calculated to the last detail. He uses mainly the sgraffito technique, delicately scratching the surface of the olla with a pocketknife or even a toothpick, exposing the clay bellow through the colored slips he first applies! View Artist's Pottery 1 2
Profirio "Pilo" Mora
Eli Navarrete : In 1997, in "The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz" the authors had this to say about Eli Navarrete: "He could become one of the two or three potters to ever come out of Mata Ortiz" In 2007 we say he already is one of the best!
Why is Eli considered
one of the top artists in Mata Ortiz? Maybe because:
Eduardo "Chevo" Ortiz
Macario & Nena Ortiz
Humberto & Blanca Ponce
Manuel "Manolo" Rodriguez Guillen
Rey & Lupe Rodriguez
Lourdes "Luli" Villalba
Sabino "Cabi" Villalba