DEMING – The Deming Art Council is selling a donated work of art in an effort to raise funding for the Deming Art Center located at 100 S. Gold Street.
Renowned Mata Ortiz potter Nicolas Quezada created a pot more than 35 years ago in the form and technique of the famed Mata Ortiz or Casas Grandes pottery. That pot has been donated by a private donor to the DAC.
Known for its intricate detailed art work and ancient form of firing ceramic pottery, the is one of the finest and most innovative ceramics in the world, according to the website https://www.mataortiz.com/.
Led by Juan Quezada, the entire pueblo of Mata Ortiz creates handmade, coiled pots or ollas, following centuries-old methods.
The website continues, inspired by the Paquime, Casas Grandes ceramics, the potters of Mata Ortiz create contemporary works of art, often incorporating Mimbres designs shared by the southwest, Native American cultures.
With an olla as their canvas, the potters of Mata Ortiz have imprinted in them not only re-creations of ancestral symbols, but they have searched within their own spirit and creativity and have been able to conceive a unique artistic language, creative and original.
They have gone through the imitation of pre-Hispanic ceramics, and have moved on to a sophisticated creation of contemporary art.
Nicolas Quezada's work in this piece showcases the best in handmade Mata Ortiz pottery.
The pot is on exhibit at the center and is selling for $500. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Follow the DAC at www.demingarts.org and on Facebook. You can call 575-546-3663.
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