Contemporary Mata Ortiz Ceramics

Deigo Valles and Hector Gallegos

Friday through Sunday

October 27–29, 2017


All Levels
Ceramics Studio
9 am–4 pm

All Materials Inlcuded


Two contemporary master potters who have evolved in the Mata Ortiz tradition will present a hands-on three day workshop where students can go through the complete process of making contemporary Mata Ortiz influenced work. All the authentic materials including clay tools and molds and bases will be provided.

Each student will also be provided a green work to finish and take through the wood firing process, this way students will experience all aspects of the work over three days. Students will have at least two works done and some will have more depending on experience.

Saturday evening a slide presentation and showcase of works from different potters in the village will provide insight into the history, evolution and contemporary aspect of the Mata Ortiz tradition.

October 27–29, 2017

TUITION: $250 – All Materials Included

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable. There are absolutely no refunds after the 30 day cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all money paid will be refunded in full.


About Diego Valles

Diego had already made his first 'Ollas' back when he was nine years old. In Mata Ortiz he just had to walk around his neighbors and friends family to start learning pottery; specially with the Mora Tena family, whose kids were Diego's friends during middle school. Diego was always inspired by the 'always-in-movement' designs of the Quezada style and the intricacy of the ones from the second generation potters.

Diego graduated from middle school in Mata Ortiz and then from high school in Colonia Juarez, a Mormon town ten miles from Mata Ortiz. After that, he enrolled in Electromechanical Engineering at the Tecnológico Superior de Nuevo Casas Grandes and obtained his degree in 2005.

He graduated with honors of these three schools. He also studied a year abroad at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia as part of the Peace Scholarship Program, sponsored by the International Development Program (IDP) Australia and the Public Education Secretariat in Mexico.

In 2006 he was offered to be part of the exhibition project Mata Ortiz: A 40 Years Phenomenon organized by the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) and decided to devote his time completely to clay.

Ever since, Diego has been expanding the limits not only of Mata Ortiz Ceramics, but also of traditional Mexican Ceramics. In 2010 he was awarded The National Youth Award for Arts, which is Mexico's highest honor to a young living artist, "for the combination of Science, Art and Excellence in the creation of his ceramics."

About Hector Gallegos

Hector Gallegos' parents, Hector Gallegos and Graciela Martinez, are both excellent potters recognized for the amazing quality of their work, which is often collaborative. They taught Hector Jr. the art of pottery in which he has been working for 16 years full time.

Early on, Hector moved away from his parent?s geometrical style of painting and started to work on etched designs. Particularly he decorates using animals finely detailed.

Hector has been recognized at several of the annual pottery competitions in Mata Ortiz with different awards for his own and collaborative work with his wife, Laura Bugarini. Three years ago they were given the Excellence Award at such competition.

His work has been displayed in different places like the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles California, The Museum Of Man in San Diego California, the National Museum of Folk Art in Mexico City and some of the USA National Parks in Tucson Arizona and San Antonio Texas.

Hector has been represented by modern art galleries like Andrea Fisher Gallery in Santa Fe New Mexico, Southern Exposure Mistick and SAGA Art of the Americas in Connecticut.







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