Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mata Ortiz Pottery and Oaxacan Woodcarvings Show and Sale

The Heard Museum is proud to host the Mata Ortiz Pottery and Oaxacan Woodcarvings event! The art exhibition will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14, 15 and 16 and will be at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. 

Mata Ortiz pottery gets its name from the small town in Chihuahua, Mexico, where it is made. It is an inspired recreation of ancient pottery found near archeological sites in Casas Grandes, Mexico. Damian Quezada, nephew of the art movement’s founder Juan Quezada, and Jorge Quintana, a fellow master of Mata Ortiz pottery, will be present at the event. 

Damian Quezada is an awarding winning potter and has been called one of the finest second-generation potters.  He is known for his complex polychrome images.  His work also tends to be quite multifaceted and contain many sections. While most potters prefer to divide their sections into three or four sections, his often exceed five or six. 

Jorge Quintana has worked with clay since 1993.  His beautiful work is distinct in that it contains a checkerboard of complex designs, often including Mimbres animals.  He usually works with polychrome, painting on the more difficult white clay.  He has learned from a multitude of talented potters and has been passing on his knowledge to up and coming potter, Aide Gonzalez, also from Mata Ortiz. She too, will be present for this educational and inspiring show!  


Pottery by Damian Quezada


Oaxacan Woodcarvings are magnificent sculptures created entirely by hand, from copal wood.  They are brightly painted and are known for their vivid colors.

Jacobo Angeles, one of the most accomplished woodcarvers will be present to demonstrate his carvings and painting techniques at the exhibition. His fine work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Indian Museum, the Los Angeles Indian Museum/Autry Western Arts Museum, the prestigious Santa Fe World Folk Art Market, the Museum of Man in San Diego, and many others. His wife Maria Mendosa is a painter and when they combine forces, the results are truly breathtaking!


Carving by Jacopo and Maria Angeles


Jacobo and Maria will be demonstrating carving and painting throughout the show and there will be pottery demonstrations on the forming of pottery from Jorge, Damien and Aide.


What: Mata Ortiz Pottery and Oaxacan Woodcarvings Show and Sale
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday- March 14-16, 2014
Times: Fri/ Sat: 9:30 am- 5 pm, Sun: 11 am-5 pm
Where: Heard Museum 2301 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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