Mata Ortiz Information

Print Publications

 

  VanPool, Christine S., Todd L. vanPool, and David A. Phillips, eds.
Religion of the Prehispanic Southwest. Archaeology of Religion Series, edited by David S. Whitley. Fourteen papers are presented on prehispanic religion, many dealing with the Casas Grandes region. Under review by Altamira Press (925-938-7243), 1840 San Miguel Drive, Suite 207, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. http://www.altamirapress.com/

 
  Tamara Stewart
2004 "The Grand Enigmas of Casas Grandes," American Archaeology (Spring), pages 12-18. The assistant editor of American Archaeology and the Archaeological Conservancy's Southwest projects coordinator provides a balanced view of the various viewpoints and differences of opinion regarding the origin and importance of Paquimé.
 
     
     
  "The Research Pottery Collection of Spencer H. MacCallum Illustrating the Development of Juan Quezada's Art Through a Chronological Series of His Work," by Johnson, Grace and Spencer MacCallum. In San Diego Museum of Man, From Paquimé to Mata Ortiz: The Legacy of Ancient Casas Grandes. San Diego Museum Papers No.40. Proceedings of the Museum's biennial Latin American Symposium held in San Diego CA on March 26, 2000 (published 2002). Included here is a chronological series of black-and-white photos of 135 pots by Juan Quezada from the Spencer H. MacCallum Collection, the majority dating between 1976 and 1979, showing the development of Juan Quezada's early painting style. Can be ordered from the Museum for $16.95 plus $2.50 shipping (.50 each additional over one). Contact Jessica Sullivan (619-239-2001), Manager, Museum Gift Shop.  
  The Romance of Mexico. This is the name of the May, 2003 Bon Appétit Magazine's 14th Annual Special Collector's Edition. This edition's "Bon Vivant" column features two examples of Mata Ortiz ceramics from the Sierra Madre Trading Company. One is a white clay olla by Mauro Quezada, the other a black-on-black olla by Oscar de Gonzales Quezada. The column is a regular feature of "What's new. What's hot. What's good." It includes a good-sized photo and some brief information the items selected. The wide circulation of this magazine will help bring Mata Ortiz pottery to the greater attention of consumers, decorators and buyers. Contact Arthela Cummings (562-598-6615), Sierra Madre Trading Company, Box 92016, Long Beach, CA 90809-2016. <service@sierramadretrading.com> http://www.sierramadretrading.com/  
  DaRosa, Alison
2000 "Ancient Art Reborn," a collection of articles in the Travel Section of the San Diego Union-Tribune for Sunday, January 31, 2000. For this work, travel editor Alison DaRosa was awarded the prestigious San Diego Press Club Award for "Best Travel Piece," the (international) Pacific-Asia Travel Association Award, and the United States’ most prestigious travel journalism award, the Lowell Thomas Gold Award, sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers. The articles were picked up by many newspapers nationwide at the time and were later featured in the Travel Section of the San Francisco Chronicle for Sunday, November 14th.
 
  Donnelly, Karen
2000 "The Art of Innovation," in the Arts Section for April, The World & I Magazine, monthly publication of the Washington Times. Article based on an interview with Michael Wisner. Single copies of the magazine available for $10.50 by writing to 3400 New York Ave., Washington DC 20002, or calling Customer Service 800-822-2822. The article can be viewed on their website, http://www.worldandi.com/, for a $3 fee for a one-day pass to their Online Edition.
 
  The Magic of Mata Ortiz, by Elsie Montiel. Voices of Mexico, No. 63 (Apr-Jun 2003), pp. 33-41.
Ten great color illustrations (including the slick magazine cover which would decorate any coffee table) from Artes de Mexico. Beautifully written, but several serious errors in describing the technology may be due to editing/translating difficulties. This issue also contains three articles on the Chihuahuan desert, drought, and cave art
Contact Voices of Mexico (Voice/fax 011-525-336-3601), Canadá 203, Col. San Lucas 04030, Mexico DF, Mexico. <voicesmex@servidor.unam.mx> http://www.unam.mx/
 
  Quakenbush Pots Feature Indian Themes, by Cornelia Olive. The Sanford (NC) Herald, April 30, 2003.
Recounts how potter Coy Quakenbush, of Graham, NC, became attracted to pottery and in particular the Mata Ortiz style and technique. Includes photos of Coy's work. See the article at sanfordherald.com/articles/2003/04/30/news/news04.txt
 
 
Gilbert, Bill
2000 "The Village of Mata Ortiz," in Crossing Borders / Transcending Categories: Contemporary Art from Mata Ortiz, Mexico, catalog of the summer 2000 exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, NM. This important, 8-page essay asks where Mata Ortiz art fits in the American art market and suggests that it is best categorized as contemporary fine art. The catalog includes a foreword by Museum of Fine Arts director Stuart A. Ashman, an introduction by Joseph Traugott, the Museum's Curator of Twentieth-Century Art, and 24 color plates. Paper cover, text in Spanish and English. Out of print.
 
  1999 "The Alchemy of Clay," Artes de Mexico No. 45, pp 36-45. One of six articles in this number of Mexico's premier art magazine. The entire number is devoted to the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz. $29.95 plus $4 shipping from Lomas Publishing, Box 40730, Tucson AZ 85717; phone 520-578-3008 or fax 520-908-8807.  
 
1995 "Mata Ortiz: Traditions and Innovations," Ceramics Monthly 43:10 (December), pp 51-56.
 
  1995 "Juan Quezada, Mexican Potter," The Studio Potter 24:1 (December). Edited transcript of a thoughtful interview with Juan Quezada.  
  1995 The Potters of Mata Ortiz: Transforming a Tradition. Catalog of an exhibition curated by the author at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque NM. A scholarly evaluation of the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz. Many photographs in black-and-white and color plus 18 color plates illustrating the work of the 18 artists represented; University of New Mexico Art Museum. Out of print. guts@unm.edu  
  Hills, Jim
"Dialects of Clay," Artes de Mexico No. 45, pp 52-79. A good survey of the
emerging village styles. One of six articles in this issue of Mexico's premier art magazine. The entire number is devoted to the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz. $29.95 plus $4 shipping from Lomas Publishing, Box 40730, Tucson AZ 85717; phone 520-578-3008 or fax 520-908-8807.
 
  Johnson, Grace and Spencer MacCallum
2000 "The Research Pottery Collection of Spencer H. MacCallum Illustrating the Development of Juan Quezada's Art Through a Chronological Series of His Work." In San Diego Museum of Man, From Paquimé to Mata Ortiz: The Legacy of Ancient Casas Grandes. San Diego Museum Papers No.40. Proceedings of the Museum's biennial Latin American Symposium held in San Diego CA on March 26, 2000. Included here is a chronological series of black-and-white photos of 135 pots by Juan Quezada from the Spencer H. MacCallum Collection, the majority dating between 1976 and 1979, showing the development of Juan Quezada's early painting style.
 
  Levin, Elaine
1980 "Juan Quezada: Potter in a New Tradition," Ceramics Monthly, September, pages 50-57. Available on-line in Spanish translation at: http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Cafe/6895/mataortiz.htm
 
  Lowell, Susan
2000 "Treasure of Mata Ortiz," Stanford, May/June 2000, pp 81-83. A well-written account of Stanford alumnus Walter Parks' involvement in the Mata Ortiz phenomenon, with photographs by W. Ross Humphreys and Robin Stancliff.
 
  MacCallum, Spencer H.
2000 With Grace Johnson. "The Research Pottery Collection of Spencer H. MacCallum Illustrating the Development of Juan Quezada's Art Through a Chronological Series of His Work." In San Diego Museum of Man, From Paquimé to Mata Ortiz: The Legacy of Ancient Casas Grandes. San Diego Museum Papers No.40. Proceedings of the Museum's biennial Latin American Symposium held in San Diego CA on March 26, 2000. Included here is a chronological series of black-and-white photos of 135 pots by Juan Quezada, the majority dating between 1976 and 1979, showing the development of his early painting style.
 
  2000 "Reflections on Juan Quezada Celado--The Man and the Artist,"
In The Best of Mexico's Copper Canyon 2000. Sunracer Publications
Tucson AZ 85754. <sunracer@theriver.com>
 
  1999 "Mata Ortiz: A Ceramic Renaissance," Artes de Mexico No. 45, pp
20-35. With Walter P. Parks.
 
 
1998 Introduction to Sandra S. Smith, Portraits of Clay: Potters of Mata Ortiz. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
 
  1994 "Chronology and Perspective on the Mata Ortiz Phenomenon," Kiva, The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History 60:1 (fall), 5-23. Introduction to this number of Kiva, featuring five papers devoted to Mata Ortiz pottery. Although stingy with photos, this number of Kiva is the best available source for detailed information about the early history of the potters and their techniques. Copies of the Journal $10 postpaid from the author (775-482-2039) sm@look.net  
  1994 "Pioneering an Art Movement in Northern Mexico," Kiva, The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History 60:1 (fall), 71-91. One of five papers in this number of Kiva which is devoted entirely to Mata Ortiz pottery. An account of the early development of the pottery and of many specific innovations of the various potters. Copies of the Journal $10 postpaid from the author (775-482-2039) sm@look.net  
  1981 "A Story of Three Pots: Juan Quezada and the New Palanganas Pottery Tradition," NCECA Journal (National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts) vol.2 no.1. An informative account of the pottery movement, techniques, and Juan Quezada’s demonstrating at the 1980 NCECA Conference, where he successfully fired a pot outdoors in a driving rain.  
  1979 "An Odyssey Complete and Continuing" in Juan Quezada and the New Tradition (catalog of a traveling exhibition). The Art Gallery, California State University, Fullerton CA. An early, detailed account by the person who in 1976 discovered Juan Quezada and over the next six years gradually introduced him to the art world. Includes an article by Charles Di Peso, "Roots of the New Tradition: Prehistory of the Casas Grandes Valley ," plus 21 black-and-white and 12 color plates. Out of print.  
  1978 "Ceramic Revival in the Casas Grandes Valley," Masterkey 52:2 (April-June). Southwest Museum, Highland Park, Los Angeles CA. An early, informative account of the potters and their pottery-making techniques with photographs of the work of each of the potters working at that time. Reprints $4 from the author (775-482-2039) sm@look.net  
 
1977 "A Ceramic Arts Revival," American Indian Art Magazine, vol.3 no.1. An account of the discovery of Juan Quezada with outstanding photographs in color of his very early work.
 
  Parks, Walter P.
1999 "Mata Ortiz: A Ceramic Renaissance," Artes de Mexico No. 45, pp 20-35. One of six articles in this number of Mexico's premier art magazine. The entire number is devoted to the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz. $29.95 plus $4 shipping from Lomas Publishing, Box 40730, Tucson AZ 85717; phone 520-578-3008 or fax 520-908-8807.
 
  1999 "The Potters of Mata Ortiz," Southwest Art (December). This is Parks’ foreword to The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz attractively reproduced as an article with excellent illustrations. Order copies (singles $5, yearly subscription $32.) from Southwest Art (877-212-1938), Box 420235, Palm Coast FL 32142-0235.  
  Price, William F.
1994 "Through a Mother’s Eyes: A Conversation with Doña Paulita," Kiva, The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History 60:1 (fall), 5-23. One of five papers in this number of Kiva which is devoted entirely to Mata Ortiz pottery. A charming transcript of a conversation with the mother of Juan Quezada. Although stingy with photos, this number of Kiva is the best source of detailed information about the early history of the potters and their techniques. Copies of the Journal $10 postpaid from Spencer MacCallum (775-482-2039) sm@look.net
 
  Quintana Rodríguez, Jorge and Jim Hills
1999 "The Potters," in The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz by Susan Lowell, Jim Hills, Walter Parks, Jorge Quintana and Michael Wisner (Tucson: Treasure Chest Books 1999), pages 81-185. This volume is the definitive treatment of the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz. An eye-catching book (208 pages 9" x 11" with 260 color illustrations), it reflects this brilliant new art tradition from numerous different perspectives and describes the work of more than 100 ceramic artists. Reviewed in the November 1999 American Indian Art Magazine and also in Ceramics Monthly (47:9). Paper $29.95 (ISBN 1-887896-08-2); Cloth $50 (ISBN 1-887896-18-X).Order from Treasure Chest Books (520-623-9558 or fax 624-5888; Long-distance phone 800-969-9558 or fax 800-715-5888), Box 5250, Tucson AZ 85703-0250.
 
  Turek, Norbert
1999 "The Spirit to Learn and the Spirit to Teach," Ceramics Monthly 47:9 (November). This article, substantially written by Michael Wisner, is one of the finest technical pieces yet published on Mata Ortiz pottery and is certain to remain a classic. Also in this issue is a review of The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz. Write to Box 6102, Westerville OH 43086-6102, or call 614-523-1660. (Single copies $9 postpaid in the U.S., subscription $28.)
 
  Wisner, Michael
1999 "The Ceramic Technology of Mata Ortiz," in The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz by Susan Lowell, Jim Hills, Walter Parks, Jorge Quintana and Michael Wisner (Tucson: Treasure Chest Books 1999), pages 187-197. This volume is the definitive treatment of the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz. An eye-catching book (208 pages 9" x 11" with 260 color illustrations), it reflects this brilliant new art tradition from different perspectives and describes the work of more than 100 ceramic artists. Reviewed in the November 1999 American Indian Art Magazine and also in Ceramics Monthly (47:9). Paper $29.95 (ISBN 1-887896-08-2); Cloth $50 (ISBN 1-887896-18-X).Order from Treasure Chest Books (520-623-9558 or fax 624-5888; Long-distance phone 800-969-9558 or fax 800-715-5888), Box 5250, Tucson AZ 85703-0250.
 
  Pottery of Mata Ortiz Evokes the Past," by Nathaniel Miller. Durango Herald, Durango, CO, December 16, 2002. Contains some nice description, e.g., "Quezada and his pupils and their pupils have the template – they perfected the ancient art form. But few, if any of them wish to remain in prehistory, artistically speaking. The works have spiraled out into uncharted territory as each potter seeks a personal stamp .." Go to http://www.durangoherald.com/ and search under "Arts & Entertainment" with key word "pottery."  
  “Potter Uses Old Method with New Touch,” by Susan Broili. The Herald-Sun, Carrboro NC, September 19, 2002. An illustrated article about potter Coy Quakenbush, partly of Cherokee heritage, who has studied with Juan Quezada and Mike Wisner and teaches the Mata Ortiz methods of working clay at his home studio in Graham, North Carolina. http://heraldsun.com/features/54-268858.html. Coy Quakenbush (336-376-8584), CoyQuakenbush@aol.com  
  Corwin, Shelley
1997 "Working with Juan Quezada," Ceramics Monthly 45:4 (April). A descriptive account of learning Quezada’s clay methods at a workshop at the Zen Mountain Center, home of Tom Fresh in the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild, CA. Available from Ceramics Monthly (614-523-1660), Box 6102, Westerville OH 43086-6102. (Single copies $9 postpaid in the U.S., subscription $28.)
 
  Bartra, Eli
2003 "Engendering Clay: Las Ceramistas of Mata Ortiz." In Eli Bartra, ed., Crafting Gender: Women and Folk Art in Latin America and the Caribbean, Duke University Press, pp 98-125. A scholarly study of Mata Ortiz with discussion of its women potters, the latter based on interviews conducted on-site between June and July, 2000. Only by comparison with the masterful treatment of Mata Ortiz, and not otherwise, the discussion of the women potters comes across as somewhat thin, doubtless reflecting the brief time available for interviewing in the field. Flawlessly translated from the Spanish by Ryan Long. One of the better pieces of writing on Mata Ortiz. The book contains ten essays, nine of them by women, on women folk-artists, one each in Suriname, Puerto Rico, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, and Argentina, and four in Mexico. Paper $22.95, cloth $79.95 (shipping $4 plus $1 each additional book). Order from Duke University Press (888-651-0122), PO Box 90660, Durham, NC 27701. orders@dukeupress.edu http://dukeupress.edu/
 
     



Miscellany

¶ Art Prints
Juan Quezada’s most recent lithograph, Amanecer (Daybreak), was pulled in July 1999 by Tamarind printer Catherine Chauvin in a limited edition of 125 which is now 70 percent sold. Juan Quezada has indicated more satisfaction with this than with any of his previous prints. Retrospective in feeling, it combines images reminiscent of his earliest source of inspiration, prehistoric Casas Grandes painted pottery, with contemporary images. Among the latter, a sunburst breaking over the mountain gives the print its name. For availability, contact Michael Wisner, Box 5493, Snowmass CO 81615; Voice 970-923-3091; mikewiz@earthlink.net http://southwestpottery.com/. For information about other prints, contact Dr. Richard O’Connor (619-297-7878) in San Diego, CA. OCORI@aol.com

¶ Photo Exhibit
Portraits of Clay: Potters of Mata Ortiz. An exhibit of 54 black-and-white photographs by Sandra S. Smith of scenes of the village and of potters working. Available for museums or galleries as a stand-alone or to supplement a pottery exhibition. Each photo, framed in lucite and ready to hang, is accompanied by a short text in English and Spanish. Wherever the photograph is of a potter, the text is a quotation from the artist about his or her life and work. A beautifully designed little book of 65 pages (5 1/2" x 6 1/2"), published in 1997 with an introduction by Spencer MacCallum, is available to serve as a catalog for the exhibit. For ordering information on the book, see listing under "Selected Bibliography" above. Regarding the exhibit, contact Sandra Smith (520-888-0320), 5322 N. Foothills Drive, Tucson AZ 85718 ssmith321@earthlink.net





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