Artist Statement

Inspiration comes from all around. This land we live on has biased our destiny. Over thousand years ago the Mimbres People made it to this inhospitable landscape of desert and mountains to portrait their cosmo vision on their ceramics through daily life scenes.

Then the Paquimé Culture flourished to create the most amazing ceramics of the Puebloan World until then. Before them both, the Archaic People had already left a legacy translated on clay.

They all vanished from the face of this earth and for over six hundred years nothing happened. But their heritage survived the oblivion. The continuation of their spirit is here, in the ground we step on, the water we drink, the air we breathe… the clay we form. Their love and passion shows once again through the hands of those who answered the call of this land to become THE MIRACLE OF MATA ORTIZ. So, having been born a dreamer and an artist in this land what chances did I have but to become a Potter.

To describe my work is necessary to explain what Mata Ortiz pottery is, and certainly it is needed more than these few words…

Mata Ortiz pottery is one of the finest and most innovative ceramics in the world

Coiled, pinched, hand built pottery using local clays mostly prepared by each individual potter. Simple tools, a broken kitchen knife, a spoon, a lid. Magic does not require high tech ingredients. Free hand painted, sensual symmetrical lines moving freely over the smooth surface of stone burnished clay. Then fire does the rest, a pit firing, low temperature, magic again I guess.

Inspired by the Paquimé, Casas Grandes ceramics, the potters of Mata Ortiz create contemporary works of art, often incorporating Mimbres designs shared by the Southwest, Native American cultures.

With an olla as their canvas, the potters of Mata Ortiz have imprinted in them not only re-creations of ancestral symbols, but they have searched within their own spirit and creativity and have been able to conceive a unique artistic language, creative and original. They have gone through the imitation of pre-Hispanic ceramics, and have moved on to a sophisticated creation of contemporary art.

Then, my work has evolved from the very traditional processes and techniques of Mata
Ortiz Pottery and although I have preserved those, my ceramics are contemporary pieces of art represented mostly by sculptural vessels.