Event Details

Mata Ortiz Pottery
Artistic Rebirth of a Mexican Village
From the collection of Terry Haller

Friday, January 25, 2019 through Saturday, March 30, 2019
Wellington & Muranyi Galleries

Additional viewing on:

Saturday, March 29 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, March 31 from noon until 3:00 pm


A statement by Terry Haller, owner of the Mata Ortiz Pottery collection:
Quite by chance in 2012, I discovered a case full of extraordinary pottery in a Tucson gift shop. The clerk told me that this treasure trove of visual delight was from a single village in Mexico called Mata Ortiz. The quality and variety on display were stunningly high. I examined everything carefully and purchased seven pieces on the spot. Since that first discovery, I have read and re-read everything available on the fascinating and magical Mata Ortiz story. In the years since 2012, I have been to the village seven times, getting to know many artists and their families. Most of my later acquisitions of pottery were purchased directly from the artists.

Mata Ortiz is a village of about 1,200 people in northern Chihuahua, just 85 miles south of the New Mexico border. Due to perceived crime and unrest in Mexico, tourism, formerly robust, has all but disappeared. Today, the 450 potters of the village have few visitors, and the art is usually shipped out to be sold in galleries or on the Internet. The finest artists often work on pieces commissioned by collectors.

Mata Ortiz pottery is well known in the southwestern U.S. but is almost unknown elsewhere. This is unfortunate, as I believe the work ranks among the finest ceramic art being produced today in the world.

Click HERE to read how this pottery came to happen.   Click HERE to read how the pots are created.

Friday, January 25, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gallery Talk: 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Monroe Arts Center gallery exhibitions and opening receptions are free and open to the public.

This exhibit is underwritten by Mike and Shelley Muranyi; Pete Guenther and Barb Woodriff; Lee and Chris Knuteson; The Monroe Clinic; Don Amphlett and Jan Johnson; and Chuck and Chris Wellington.