Shapes & Forms
Abraham Rodriguez is a second-generation potter from Mata Ortiz. His parents are Olivia Mora and Armando Rodriguez. He is married to Flor Loya.
Abraham says he first put his hands in the clay when he was about 4. He grew up watching and working with his parents as they made pottery. He learned how to do sgraffito work from his uncle, Leonel Lopez Saenz. At first, like so many others in Mata Ortiz, he was doing his sgraffito work with a dental pick. Then he changed to using a sharpened bicycle spoke.
Abraham now seems to like making pots with multiple slip colors, then doing a sgraffito wildlife, nature and geometric design over much of the surface. He also incorporates optical effects in his designs.