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H:6” W:3.1”


Mirna Hernandez was born on April 30th, 1977 in Colonia Cuauhtémoc in Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua. She began learning the craft at 16 years old, alongside her ex-husband, Tavo Silveira, who is arguably one of the most talented potters in Mata Ortiz. However, Mirna’s talent can speak for itself; she comes from a family of potters and has developed her own unique style. Her son, Octavio Silveira Jr., is a talented young potter as well. Her favorite potter is Juan Quezada Celado, who is credited with spearheading the pottery scene in Mata Ortiz.



  • First and third place in the Annual Mata Ortiz Concurso.


Mata Ortiz Pottery is a recreation of the Mogollon pottery style found at the historical sites of Casas Grandes in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. This ancient cultural tradition has traveled to us through the past by way of archaeological reclamation. Artists today have sought to recapture the beauty of this pottery and have developed that into the Mata Ortiz pottery style. ​ This style looks to not just recreate the aesthetics of the past but to re-establish a bond to a cultural tradition that was almost lost to time. The Paquime pottery style could have been a mystery lost to the vast depths of history and time, but thanks to the work of dedicated artists and artistic researchers, it has been revived in our modern time.

Mirna Hernández | Black & White Pot | Mata Ortiz Pottery



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