Oralia Lopez, Mata Ortiz Pottery Painting Techniques
Saturday, July 21
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Silver City Museum Garden
Mata Ortiz Master Artist Oralia Lopez, will be demonstrating her intricate technique used to paint pottery. Oralia López has set the standard in Mata Ortiz for finely executed geometric pottery designs. She is most famous for her unique patterns of graduated squares and triangles, drawn with such exactness that a secondary design of diamonds is produced. The designs are painted on white clay with black, red, and white paints. Like her family members, Oralia uses paints mixed from local minerals. Dr. John Bezy will give a presentation about the prehistoric roots of modern Mata Ortiz at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. at the Museum Annex.
Her work is inspired by a rich heritage of Native American religious symbolism in geometrically patterned ceramics, and provides a spiritual connection to artists whose identity is lost in the mists of antiquity. Oralia’s great dedication to her work is reflected in the magnificent quality of each piece. She shows her work throughout the United States, and her reputation as an exceptional artist has spread to Europe and Asia.