This is a photo of Andres Villalba (RIP.)
San José Catholic Church is located, not surprisingly, in a section of Mata Ortiz called Barrio Iglesia, Church Neighborhood, near the northeast corner of town.
The great traditionalist potter Andrés Villalba was sometimes there. Andres’s pottery designs were pure Paquime. Andrés, with family or alone, was there to sing. Accompanying himself on the guitar, Andrés joyfully stood at the front of the church singing songs of love and peace to the faithful.
Esta es una foto de Andres Villalba (RIP.)
La Iglesia Católica de San José está ubicada, como es de esperar, en una sección de Mata Ortiz llamada Barrio Iglesia, cerca de la esquina noreste del pueblo. El gran alfarero tradicional Andrés Villalba estuvo a veces allí. Sus disenos eran puro Paquime. Andrés, en familia o solo, estaba allí para cantar. Acompañándose a sí mismo en la guitarra, Andrés se colocó alegremente en el frente de la iglesia cantando canciones de amor y paz a los fieles.
Eduardo “Chevo” Ortiz (RIP) and his wife Tencha made large graphite black on black pots. Chevo grew up in Barrio Porvenir; his brothers are Santos, Nicolas and Macario.
Chevo’s work appeared in the influential 1995 University of New Mexico Art Museum exhibition. Chevo was a great host and very talented potter. His son, Eligio “Eli,” continues the family pottery tradition today in Porvenir. It’s an honor to show his work. Es un honor mostrar su obra. Follow the tradition. Siga la tradicion.
Mata Ortiz train station, 2012. This is the site for the concurso, the pottery competition. Pot is by Javier Martinez. Note the first place ribbon.
This documentary presents a more complete history of the Mata Ortiz pottery tradition.
In this documentary several new voices articulate a more accurate picture of the early years.
The story from Spencer MacCallum about Mata Ortiz focuses on only one person; it has become clear that many people created the contemporary pottery movement.
The Mata Ortiz pottery tradition emerged as a group effort, not from a single man’s inspiration. This film shows that many people were included. The traditional out-of-date narrative excluded many.
Now, what was left out of the story is part of the story.
You can see the film on Vimeo.com. The Vimeo link is: https://vimeo.com/131245102
Vimeo is more or less an upscale YouTube. It’s free. It’s for filmmakers.