Ancient pottery traditions meet modern innovations

Martin Cota

Martin Cota

Ron and Vicki Sullivan

Mark your calendars for November 17, 18 and 19.

Quail Creek will host the second annual fall Mata Ortiz pottery, Zapotec weaving and Taxco Jewelry show at the Kino Conference Center the weekend before Thanksgiving. Located in the heart of Quail Creek, Kino Conference Center is adjacent to the Pro Shop, Grill Restaurant and Oasis Lounge. This event is free and open to the public.

This will be master potter Martin Cota’s first visit to Quail Creek. Victoria Martino, owner of Modern Mata Ortiz, commented, “Martin Cota is one of the most innovative artists in the village of Mata Ortiz. He adapts ancient, traditional inspirations into modern innovations. With Mimbres influenced stylistic designs, he combines a bold geometrical contemporary design with traditional indigenous forms. Martin Cota has captivated Mata Ortiz collectors and is a legend in the making.”

Lydia Quezada, Pabla Talavera Quezada, and Moroni Talavera Quezada are also featured potters at this year’s show. Lydia, sister of world renowned potter Juan Quezada, and her family will be demonstrating their intricate slip designs.

Weather permitting, the potters will fire pottery about 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Have you ever wondered what the motifs on Mata Ortiz pottery symbolize? Come listen to Cathy Giesy on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. as she unravels some of those mysteries.

International acclaimed Zapotec weaver Porfirio Gutierrez will demonstrate weaving on his loom. His lecture, Traditional Zapotec Dyes: Survival in the Modern World, will be held each day at 1:00 p.m.

Rounding out the November event is jewelry made from contemporary Mata Ortiz pottery shards and 92.5% silver by Agustin Torres Beltran, a Nahuatl Indian in Taxco, Mexico. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, totally hand formed.

Show hours: Friday, November 17, Noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“With his Mimbres influenced stylistic designs, Martin Cota is probably one of the most creative and exuberant designers among the second-generation potters.” The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz