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.