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Juan Quezada

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Juan Quezada (Born 1940) is active/lives in Mexico.  Juan Quezada is known for Mata Ortiz black on black pottery.

“Shaped from clay: The rapidly evolving potter of Mat Ortiz, Mexico, Travel Section Online, Los Angeles Times, newspaper, 2013 by Alison Darosa, January 11, 2013

Pottery put Mata Ortiz on the map. This village, in the northern state of Chihuahua, sits on the edge of a high-desert plain that once was home to the thriving pre-Columbian Paquimé culture.


In the late 1950s and early ‘60s, as Paquimé ruins were being excavated, impoverished residents learned there was a market for ancient pottery. Even simple pots were sold to local merchants for $5 or $6 apiece — the equivalent of wages for several days’ labor. When supplies eventually dwindled and a law prohibited the sale of antiquities, a few locals began making pots that merchants and Mexican traders passed off as the real thing.

In the mid-'70s, Princeton-trained anthropologist Spencer MacCallum bought three pieces of that unsigned pottery at Bob’s Swap Shop, a secondhand store in Deming, N.M. Back in C   ...  [Displaying 1000 of 9036 characters.]  Artist bio

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Facts about Juan Quezada

   Juan Quezada  Born:  1940 - Mata Ortiz, Mexico
Known for:  Mata Ortiz black on black pottery

“Shaped from clay: The rapidly evolving potter of Mat Ortiz, Mexico, Travel Section Online, Los Angeles Times, newspaper, 2013 by Alison Darosa, January 11, 2013

Pottery put Mata Ortiz on the map. This village, in the northern state of Chihuahua, sits on the edge of a high-desert plain that once was home to the thriving pre-Columbian Paquimé culture.


In the late 1950s and early ‘60s, as Paquimé ruins were being excavated, impoverished residents learned there was a market for ancient pottery. Even simple pots were sold to local merchants for $5 or $6 apiece — the equivalent of wages for several days’ labor. When supplies eventually dwindled and a law prohibited the sale of antiquities, a few locals began making pots  ...  Displaying 750 of 9036 characters.

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