Jera Tena

Jera Penguin

Jerardo Tena effigy. Jerardo is a nephew of Felix Ortiz.

Jerardo (Jera) Tena is the nephew of Félix Ortiz. Félix and many others were pioneers of pottery in Mata Ortiz. Jera lives in Barrio Porvenir. Jera says, “When I was eight years old I collected clay and manure with my Uncle Félix. I looked at the clay and pottery while my uncle worked. That’s how I learned.”

Unlike Félix, Jera does not make blackware. He is best known for well-polished polychrome animal effigies and has won First Place award five times at the Concurso, the nationally sponsored competition of Mata Ortiz pottery.

The first photo shows penguin effigies in process from 2017. The second photo shows a sheep effigy from 2008.

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