Mata Ortiz: Need More?

What publications have been published?

  • Discovering Paquime, Paul Minnis and Michael Whalen, 2016


  • Journal of the Southwest: Mata Ortiz, Vol. 54, No. 1, Spring 2012, The Southwest Center, University of Arizona, Tucson

  • Juan Quezada: As Told to Shelley Dale by Juan Quezada, Shelley Dale, 2002 (Children’s book)

  • Mata Ortiz Pottery Buyer's Guide: The Earth's Bounty into Your Home's Beauty, Philip Stover, 2016 (Available in paperback and as e-book)

  • Paquime Grupo Pearson: Artesania Viva 52 Mujeres Alfareras (52 Living Women Potters), 1997 (Spanish)

  • Talking Birds, Plumed Serpents and Painted Women: The Ceramics of Casas Grandes, Edited by Joanne Stuhr, 2002

  • The Magnetism of Mata Ortiz: Places, People, and Pottery, Ron Bridgemon, Susan Bridgemon, Janis Diers, Russell Diers, Kathryn Iverson, John Gentile, 2010

  • The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz, Susan Lowell, 1999

  • The Miracle of Mata Ortiz, Walter P Parks, 1993

  • The Pot that Juan Built, Nancy Andrews-Goebel, 2002 (Children’s book)

  • The Potters of Mata Ortiz, University of New Mexico Art Museum, 1999

  • The Pottery and Potters of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Kiva: The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History, Vol. 60, No.1, Fall 1994

  • The Story of Casas Grande Pottery, Rick Cahill, 1991

  • The Women of Mata Ortiz: Stirring the Pot, Karen Q Jones, 2012

  • Signs of the Casas Grandes Shamans, Christine Vanpool and Todd Vanpool, 2007

What DVDs are available?

The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz

The Emmy® winning cross-cultural story of how an American adventurer and a brilliant, self-taught Mexican artist transformed a dying desert village into a home for world-class ceramics.

From Video Librarian:

“Scott Petersen’s documentary winningly tells the tale of MacCallum’s unlikely odyssey as an arts promoter, and the film also provides a fascinating portrait of Quezada’s equally unlikely rise to prominence. The footage capturing the creation of Quezada’s painstakingly precise designs is wonderful, and MacCallum and Quezada’s accounts are compelling. The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz offers a fascinating look at contemporary Mexican art and culture.”

The Mata Ortiz Pottery Phenomenon

The Mata Ortiz Pottery Phenomenon follows ceramics enthusiast American Museum of Ceramic Art founder David Armstrong to Mata Ortiz.  The same place that Renaissance man Juan Quezada discovered pottery sherds from the Casas Grandes Indians and was inspired to reinvent their prehistoric techniques.


This film features the history, the economic challenges, and the contemporary artistic innovations of the Mata Ortiz ceramic community while providing a close look at clay gathering, pottery construction, painting, and firing.


Included are footage and interviews with Juan Quezada, Spencer MacCallum, Walter Parks, Nicolas Quezada, Diego Valles and Carla Martinez, Octavio Silveira, Jerardo Tena, Humberto and Blanca Ponce, Macario Ortiz, Martin Cota, Laura Bugarini, Hector Jr. Gallegos, Hector Sr. Gallegos, Graciela Martinez, and others.

Paquime: An Ancient Town, A Continuing Inspiration

The Joint Casas Grandes Expedition (1958-1961) shed new light on pre-Hispanic Northwest Mexico. Conceived by Charles C. Di Peso and William Shirley Fulton, founder of the Amerind Foundation, and in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, the exploration still remains after many decades the largest internationally collaborative archaelogical project in the United States-Mexico borderlands.

This film chronicles the expedition, their findings, as well as current thought on the region by archaeologists working in the field today.