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H: 6.75" W: 6.74"

White pot with hummingbird designs by first generation potter Gloria Hernandez.


She was born on December 20, 1958, in Colonia Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, and arrived in Mata Ortiz in 1975 when she married Gregorio Silveira Ortiz. After learning from his older brother, Rogelio, he teaches Gloria the pottery trade. However, she quickly develops her own style, innovating in designs of animals, spiders, insects, fish, reptiles, birds, human figures, petroglyphs, and intricate geometric drawings that fascinate the viewer's gaze.


Gloria has also been a pillar for the continuation of the ceramic tradition in the town, teaching, among many others, her children Fabiola , Gregorio, Jesús, and Estrella. Her granddaughters Lesly Silveira and Crisol Garibay are already part of the third generation of Potters. Together they all continue to sow the seeds of this tradition in the family's youngest members.



Mata Ortiz Pottery is a recreation of the Mogollon pottery style found at the historic 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.

Gloria Hernandez | Hummingbird Olla | Mata Ortiz Pottery



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