Eli Navarrete Ortiz

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What a pretty pot!

What a pretty pot!

 

Elí Navarrete describes his painting technique: ”A design is like a dream that passes through and at that moment you paint it on the piece.”

After marrying Virginia “Vicki” Hernandez, Elí shared his knowledge of clay with her. Vickie now produces very fine museum-quality colored pots.

Continuing the Ortiz family tradition of experimentation and innovation, Navarrete says, “I had little practice with painting the interiors. Then for the national pottery contest at Tlaquepaque, Jalisco it was the first time I painted the interior of the pot. It’s a really difficult technique due to painting with only the wrist and because of the technical precision. It’s very new to me and in reality I’m still experimenting.”

Elisito Ortiz dressed in a local Paquime costume for a fiesta.  He is the son of Eli Navarrete and Virginia (Vicki) Hernandez.

Elisito Ortiz dressed in a local Paquime costume for a fiesta.
He is the son of Eli Navarrete and Virginia (Vicki) Hernandez.

Brothers Felix and Emeterio Ortiz, two of the pioneers of the Mata Ortiz pottery tradition. Many people say Felix was among the first to make pots in Mata Ortiz. Some say that Felix was the first one in the village making pots.

Brothers Felix and Emeterio Ortiz, two of the pioneers of the Mata Ortiz pottery tradition. Many people say Felix was among the first to make pots in Mata Ortiz. Some say that Felix was the first one in the village making pots.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Eli Navarrete Ortiz”

  1. Finally, the truth of how the Mata Ortiz phenomenon developed is being told. As many now know it wasn’t just one person working in isolation that brought all this to the forefront.

    “Ironically, people who write on art frequently overlook the practical side of their craft, often concentrating solely on stylistic, literary or formal qualities in their discussion (s)… . As a result, unnecessary errors and misunderstandings have grown up in art history, only to be reiterated by succeeding generations of writers… Thus only when the limitations imposed by atists’ materials and social conditions are taken fully into account can aesthetic preoccupations, and the place of art in history, be adequately understood.” (A. Callen, 1987).

  2. Eli’s pottery is in the upcoming exhibition at the UNM Museum in Albuquerque. I have one of his pots in my collection and I love it! His designs are magical. The pot has very thin walls and it’s very light weight. Your post says that Eli is still experimenting. This is incredible pottery.

  3. I met Eli and his wife Virginia several years ago. I went to his home to purchase a pot. His designs are elegant and beautiful in every way. He is a gracious and gifted young man. He is my favorite potter! I hope to be able to obtain another of his pots in the not too distant future.

    1. Yes, Eli is one of our favorite people in Mata Ortiz. We have many favorites, many friends. Eli is a trailblazer. And he’s a great guy. Thanks for your comments and enjoy your pottery.

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