I adore Native Pottery. I picked up this Betty Quezada Vase at the weekend.
It comes from Mexico, near the ruins of Casas Grandes. Mata Ortiz is a small village in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, less than 100 miles from the Mexico border. It is here that Juan Quezada was born and began this art pottery movement.
Mata Ortiz pots are hand built without the use of a potter’s wheel. Shaping, polishing and painting the clay is entirely done by hand, often with brushes made from children’s hair. All materials and tools originate from supplies that are readily available locally. The preferred fuel for the low temperature firing is grass-fed cow manure or split wood. Each of these characteristics derive from the ancient pottery traditions of the region, however Mata Ortiz ware incorporates elements of contemporary design and decoration and each potter or pottery family produces distinctive individualized ware.