Hector Ortega

Mata Ortiz

Hector Ortega learned to make pots with swirls and ollas with concave sides from his brother-in-law, Chevo Ortiz. From Nicolas Ortiz he learned to sculpt animal figures. Since then Hector has become famous for his implementations of two concepts: pots with animals looking at each other across the rim and pots with swirls that rotate from top to bottom. He also likes to make variations on the melon jar. He generally works with black or red clays and keeps any painted designs to a minimum.

Hector is married to Olivia Lopez Quezada, daughter of Reynalda Quezada.

Ribbed melon jar in graphite black
Graphite black ribbed melon jar with a pinwheel opening
7.5 in H by 7 in Dia
Measurement includes stand
An organic opening on a black melon jar Black melon jar with an organic opening
5.25 in H by 6 in Dia
Measurement includes stand

Mata Ortiz/Casas Grandes Potters