Mata Ortiz Pottery and Zapotec Textile Trunk Show

Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 9am–4pm and
Friday, February 8, 2019 from 9am–4pm

Shop a wonderful selection of both full scale and miniature Mata Ortiz pottery created by Master Artist Oralia López and other fine artists as well as fine Zapotec textiles from Alex and Nancy Martinez at amazing prices directly from the sellers at this Trunk Show held at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures.

Admission to the Trunk Show is free. Museum admission not included. Please enter the Trunk Show through the museum's main entrance.

Mata Ortiz Pottery

Featuring a daily presentation by John V. Bezy on The Prehistoric Roots of Modern Mata Ortiz Pottery

The modern Mata Ortiz ceramics tradition is part of a cultural heritage that is over 900 years old.  Learn more about the origins of Mata Ortiz pottery in this 25-minute presentation. Following each presentation, Master Artist, Oralia Lόpez, will demonstrate the intricate techniques involved in forming and painting these ceramic pots. Year-round, the museum sells a selection of miniature Mata Ortiz pots in our Museum Store.

Presentations will be made both days at 11:00am. Presentations are free, however seating is limited.

About Master Artist Oralia López

Mata Ortiz Master Artist Oralia Lopez

Mata Ortiz Master Artist Oralia Lόpez

Oralia has set the standard for finely executed geometric designs for Mata Ortiz pottery. Her work is shown in the finest galleries and museums of the Southwest. She will be demonstrating the intricate technique used to paint Mata Ortiz pottery and will have a wonderful selection of work by many other fine Mata Ortiz artists available for purchase at reasonable prices. Mata Ortiz Pottery is internationally known for its elegant forms, precision designs, and beautiful colors. Many Mata Ortiz potters have incorporated designs from ancient Casas Grandes pots or from local petroglyphs into their work. Mata Ortiz ceramics grace thousands of private collections in Japan, Europe, Latin America, the U.S., and Canada.

About Alex Martinez and Nancy Martinez

Alex Martinez and Nancy Martinez are internationally renowned weavers known for finely woven Zapotec textiles from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. Each textile is made by hand and is a unique piece of art, featuring traditional Zapotec and Mixtec designs. The rugs, runners, and wall hangings are woven from sheep's wool and Mohair from Angora goats on upright shuttle looms. Alex and Nancy specialize in all natural vegetable and animal dyes for their textiles. They accept custom orders and permit buyers to take pieces to their home to test for design compatibility. Alex and Nancy will have a great selection of weavings in many beautiful designs and colors at reasonable prices.

About John V. Bezy

John earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, taught at several Southwestern colleges, conducted geological studies with State and Federal agencies and the private sector, and authored numerous publications about the human and natural history of the Southwest and northern Mexico. He has worked with the potters of Mata Ortiz for many years and conducts educational tours to Mata Ortiz and other parts of Mexico and Latin America.