Laura Bugarini

Juan Quezada and Laura Bugarini
Laura Bugarini with Juan Quezada

Laura Bugarini Cota has been working with clay since she was fourteen. She is now one of the most successful of the second generation of Mata Ortiz potters.

She first got interested in making pottery when she was working as a housekeeper in Juan Quezada's home. She still identifies Juan as her inspiration but her styles are completely different from any Quezada product. A problem with that is her designs are completely hers and are very easy to recognize. That makes it easy to follow the steps of her designs across her neighborhood as other potters start to copy and incorporate them into their own work. It might not have happened if Laura weren't so successful, but she is...

Laura tends to fill virtually all the space on a pot with tiny strokes and dots. Some of her designs are contained in a series of closely spaced rings that encircle the pot much like the meridian lines on a world globe while other of her designs fill a larger series of various geometric shapes that cover the pot. She was also the first in Mata Ortiz to paint her accompanying aros (ceramic ring/stand). She's been winning prizes every year since 2006 at the Concurso de Mata Ortiz competition and in 2013 she earned the "Premio Nacional de la Ceramica" (Best in Show) award at the Tlaquepaque show.

Laura is married to potter Hector Gallegos Jr. and their daughter Paula is well on her way to becoming a leading potter of the third generation of Mata Ortiz potters.

Miniature geometric designs on a thin neck polychrome jar
Thin neck polychrome jar decorated with miniature geometric designs
5 in H by 3 3/4 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
Bands of geometric design on a lidded polychrome jar with a matching stand
Polychrome lidded jar decorated with bands of geometric design plus a matching stand
7 3/4 in H by 5 in Dia
Signed: Laura Bugarini Cota & Hector Gallegos Jr.
Matching stand and lid for a polychrome jar with sgraffito and painted geometric design
Matching stand and lid on a polychrome jar decorated with a sgraffito and painted geometric design
11 1/2 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Signed: Laura Bugarini Cota & Hector Gallegos Jr.
Photo of Laura Bugarini with Juan Quezada courtesy of
Pottery photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery