Juan Quezada: The legend needs no introduction. Juan Quezada Celado is in many ways the Mata Ortiz/Casas Grandes art movement. Almost single-handedly, Juan explored and established the process of natural ceramic production. His pioneering efforts have literally made potting possible for all. Since those formative years in the early 70’s, Juan has gone on to perfect his painting technique. His style is tightly symmetrical, even beautifully minimalist. That refined simplicity captivates collectors and classifies Juan’s pieces as the most coveted art works of the community.
Felipe Andréw is known for his distinct ashen, graphite clay pots. He is pictured here finishing the firing of one of his smaller black pots. Felipe burnishes his pieces to a dark, hazy glaze and then completes them with green, slate and red geometric paintings.
Daniel Gonzalez is known for fish and animal decorated, bloated pots. Daniel works in many types of clays (cafe, black, white, etc.).
Félix Ortiz is one of the original and most influential potters of Mata Ortiz. His sin geometría technique rivals the classic, proportional designs of the Quezada tradition. His method is organic and free. He excels in graphite black and polychrome and designs mostly animal and effigy figures.