I’d like to introduce myself and the pottery I sell. As the daughter of a potter, I love experimenting with clay. While never matching my father’s level of craftsmanship, I readily matched his enthusiasm and passion for the medium. But it wasn’t until I was introduced to the art and artists of Mata Ortiz that I realized pottery can actually give you goosebumps! In fact, it is not uncommon for people new to Mata Ortiz to find it hard to believe that the pots are truly handmade. There is definitely a modern quality to many of the designs, with the smooth, perfectly balanced contours of the vessels and the precise, graphic patterns favored by many artists.
However, I also think that in our mechanized world it is easy to forget the inspired heights human beings can reach by using just their hands and their intellect to work and rework the simplest of materials. Every element used in creating each pot is carefully handmade from natural materials collected in the hills surrounding the village – just as the potters of ancient Paquimé did centuries ago. With such attention paid to every step in the creation of each piece, it is no surprise that several artists are featured in the permanent collections of museums throughout North America. I travel to the village several times a year from Los Angeles, and hand pick each piece you see. In an effort to offer something for the seasoned enthusiast as well as the beginning collector, I visit the master artists and am continually on the lookout for promising newcomers.
Throughout, every effort is made to insure that your experience with Modern Mata Ortiz is easy and efficient, from answering questions to prompt shipping to a generous return policy. The art of Mata Ortiz is dynamic and always evolving, which is why I so love the place and the people as well as the fine pottery they produce. If you have any questions about anything you see here, please contact me – I look forward to hearing from you!
Victoria Martino, Owner