Contemporary Mata Ortiz Potter
Juan Quezada is a self-taught potter of the Mata Ortiz tradition. He was born in 1937 in Casas Grandes, Mexico. Inspired by the potsherds he found while working as a woodcutter when a boy, Juan began to experiment. He found clay deposits near his village and developed a formula with good plasticity, firing strength and color. Quezada, with no help or instruction, has ressurrected the Mata Ortiz tradition of Casas Grandes. He produces dung fired, burnished pots decorated with diagonal lines and negative paths that can be traced around the vessel. Thanks to Juan and Juan's "discovery" by Spencer MacCallum, Mata Ortiz has become a pottery center. Other family members and villagers have become his students and learned to create the exquisitely crafted works.