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Black Mata Ortiz Pottery by Erliz

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Mata Ortiz Pottery

 The village of Mata Ortiz is located in Chihuahua State in northeast Mexico and has long been inhabited by indigenous people.  Juan Quezada is credited with the revival of this type of handmade Mexican pottery. Each aspect of the pottery making process is done by hand from mining clay or pigments to shaping the clay and painting.  The paint brushes are often made from young children's hair to achieve finer detail.  The clay is fired using manure or kerosene doused wood atop a metal drum barrel split in half.  The pot is placed within the metal drum on a wire frame in a small pit dug into the ground.  Today, the pottery style and symbols are unique to each particular family of potters. As new potters join the art form, new ideas continue to flourish;  there are no boundaries to the creative expression of the people of Mata Ortiz.

Wisner, Micheal. The Ceramic Technology of Mata Ortiz. Tucson: Rio Nuevo Publishers, 1999. Print.

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