Tucson Museum of Art

The Pottery of Mata Ortiz

Course Description

The village of Mata Ortiz sits in a river valley along a tributary of the Casas Grandes River in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, Mexico.  The people of Mata Ortiz today know all of these stories well, but to the outside world, Mata Ortiz is well known as a “village of potters.” Largely because of its highly regarded pottery, Mata Ortiz is today quite distinct from its past, a place of hope, creativity, individuality, and dogged determinism that embodies the best of the human spirit.

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