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Mata Ortiz: Ancient Pedigree.Modern Pottery

Friday, October 26, 2012 to Sunday, October 28, 2012
All day

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DeSilva Imports is co-hosting Mata Ortiz: Ancient Pedigree. Modern Pottery from October 26, 2012 to October 28, 2012 in partnership with Bowers Museum, Modern Mata Ortiz and Mata Ortiz To You.

The address for the event location is Bowers Museum 2002 North Main Street; Santa Ana, CA 92706. Opening hours are from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, and 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday. There will be a special Bowers After Hours evening event on Friday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, with a fascinating lecture by "The Miracle of Mata Ortiz" author Walter P. Parks.

Master potters Baudel Lopez and Sabino Villalba from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua will demonstrate how the pottery is hand formed without the aid of a potter's wheel, and how the pottery is painted with homemade paint brushes crafted of human hair. They will also discuss the use of natural pigments and minerals in crafting unique natural paints, and the traditional method of firing the pottery without the use of a modern kiln. All of these methods are based on traditional techniques used by the ancient Paquime Culture of Casas Grandes, Mexico. Mata Ortiz Pottery is a significant art movement from Northern Mexico, prized for the thin walls and lightweight nature of the ceramics that are being created.

Sabino Villalba is a lover of history, and he holds to the premise that the ancient traditional symbols of the Casas Grandes culture must be preserved. You will see fine examples of traditional designs in his high quality work, and Sabino will be thrilled to explain the traditional symbols found in his work. Baudel Lopez represents the modern side of Mata Ortiz Pottery. Baudel's designs consistently push the boundaries of modern techniques within a tradition based art form. Both artists will have stunning examples of the highest level of their art work available for purchase throughout the event. Both artists will demonstrate their beautiful pottery techniques throughout the entire event, with a special workshop scheduled for children during Family Day on Sunday October 28, 2012.

A special Bowers After Hours program will run on Friday October 26, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The evening includes an exclusive after hours viewing of the museum's galleries, a twenty percent discount at the museum store, and a dynamic lecture by the author of the authoritative book on Mata Ortiz Pottery entitled "The Miracle of Mata Ortiz". The lecture will take place from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, with a book signing by the author before and after the lecture. Food and beverages by Tangata will be available for purchase during the event. Mata Ortiz Master Potters Baudel Lopez and Sabino Villalba will be demonstrating the hand building of their pottery, as well as the painting of beautiful designs using paint brushes that are hand crafted of long strands of human hair. Featured vendors DeSilva Imports, Modern Mata Ortiz and Mata Ortiz To You will provide a stunning array of pottery and jewelry for your shopping enjoyment. There is a fee to attend the Bowers After Hours event of $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Free art demonstrations and sales will also occur in the earlier program on Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Saturday October 27 will feature an informative lecture on the silver shard jewelry industry that has been created in response to the high percentage of pots that break in the traditional firing process. It is of interest to note that one in every five pots break during the firing stage. The setting of these pottery shards in Taxco silver has created a further economic opportunity for the potters of Mata Ortiz. Jan Diers will provide all of the details pertaining to this exciting new development in her lecture from 11:00 to 11:30am. This lecture has been sponsored by the Bead Society of Orange County. Also on Saturday there will be a screening of the multiple award winning documentary by Scott Peterson, "The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz". The screening will run from 12:00pm to 1:15pm, with a question and answer session with the director to follow immediately after the screening. Art demonstrations by Sabino Villalba and Baudel Lopez will occur from 10:00am until 2:00pm, and pottery and jewelry will be available for purchase throughout the day's event.

Sunday October 28 is Family Day at the Bowers Museum. The day's events will run from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with art demonstrations and workshops for the whole family. Shelley Dale will be on hand from 1:30pm to 2:30pm for a bilingual reading of her famous children's book "Juan Quezada". The reading will be followed by workshops by Mata Ortiz potters, Sabino Villalba and Baudel Lopez. The artists are providing small unfired pots, have hand crafted the traditional paint brushes made of long strands of human hair, and mixed natural pigment and mineral paints for the children to use. The children and their families will have the rare opportunity to try their hand at creating their very own Mata Ortiz pottery. DeSilva Imports, Modern Mata Ortiz and Mata Ortiz To You will be on hand to explain the various styles of pottery available in the village, and will have numerous outstanding examples of the art available for purchase throughout the day.

Mata Ortiz: Ancient Pedigree. Modern Pottery is being co-hosted by Steve Thompson and Louis Rodriguez of DeSilva Imports, Victoria Martino of Modern Mata Ortiz, Jan Diers of Mata Ortiz To You and the Education Department of Bowers Museum.

"I am so excited about the partnership that we have been able to forge with Modern Mata Ortiz, Mata Ortiz To You and the Bowers Museum." said Steve Thompson. "It is a true joy to work in community to present the wide variety of beauty available in Mata Ortiz pottery. Also exciting is the chance to host two incredible artists direct from Mexico. Art crosses borders and unites us as a human race. Once you see the beauty of the Mata Ortiz pottery, the elegant work by Baudel Lopez and Sabino Villalba, and the beautiful Mata Ortiz shard jewelry that has been set in the finest of silver from Taxco, we hope that you too will appreciate the amount of work and artistic spirit that goes into this unique ceramic art form. In a world in which we have become very reliant on mass quantity, machine made items, it is refreshing to add the natural beauty of unique and one-of-a-kind works of art to our lives."

DeSilva Imports was started by Steve Thompson and Louis Rodriguez in 2005, based on a love of folk art, and the traditions that they represent. After being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, Steve decided to leave his career as a bank manager and focus on his true passion for folk art. DeSilva Imports started with representing a couple of artists in Oaxaca, Mexico, and has steadily grown over the years to now represent artists from throughout Mexico, Panama, Colombia and Costa Rica. DeSilva Imports respects the traditions of Fair Trade, and values the labor-intensive processes that are at the root of indigenous art. While also supplying galleries on a wholesale basis, DeSilva Imports is mainly an online business, and can be visited at www.desilvaimports.com.

Modern Mata Ortiz was started by Victoria Martino, who first fell in love with Mata Ortiz pottery through the influence of her father, an acclaimed pottery artist from Minnesota. Modern Mata Ortiz is known for sourcing high quality pottery from the best artists in Mata Ortiz, and the selection of pottery available on their website is amazing. Modern Mata Ortiz also carries beautiful high quality silver jewelry that contains shards of Mata Ortiz pottery. Modern Mata Ortiz supports local education efforts in the village of Mata Ortiz, and respects the traditions of Fair Trade. Modern Mata Ortiz is also mainly an online business, but also supplies galleries on a wholesale basis, and can be visited at www.modernmataortiz.com.

Mata Ortiz To You was started by Jan and Russ Diers. Mata Ortiz To You is a pottery and jewelry distributor, bringing you fine art from two small villages in Mexico; Mata Ortiz, the center of fine ceramics, and Taxco, the center of sterling silver. When you purchase art or jewelry from Mata Ortiz To You, not only do you directly support the local inhabitants from these parts of the world, you are guaranteed to receive a high-quality, original piece of art. Mata Ortiz to You is the supplier of this pottery and jewelry to many shops and museums throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. Mata Ortiz To You is proud to offer you the best of Mata Ortiz and Taxco, Mexico. Mata Ortiz To You can also be visited online at www.mataortiztoyou.com.

Sponsored by: DeSilva Imports, Modern Mata Ortiz, Mata Ortiz To You and Bowers Museum Education Department
Category Art
When Friday, October 26, 2012
   to Sunday, October 28, 2012
All day
Where Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Contact 323-588-5829
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