Mata Ortiz pottery, also known as Casas Grandes pottery, is one of the finest ceramics in the world. Casas Grandes (Paquime) is a prehistoric archeological ruin near Chihuahua, Mexico. In a remote river valley on the plains of Northern Mexico, there in the village of Mata Ortiz, approximately 500 potters are leading a renaissance of the area's indigenous pottery traditions. The revival embraces the Casas Grandes and Mimbres civilizations. The contemporary work, which parallels the art of indigenous ceramists to the north, the Hopi, Zuni, Acoma Indians and others, has come to be known as Mata Ortiz Pottery and has developed a distinctive artistic style all its own. The pots are formed by only the potter's hands; no pottery wheels are used. The clay is obtained locally from around the village using pick-axes and shovels. The paints used are also natural. The pottery is dung-fired on the ground, not in a kiln. Lastly, each piece is signed by the artist.
Aflredo Rodriguez "Freddy" is known for his etch work. Along with master potter Diana Loya they have created a festive portrayal of one of Mexico's important celebrations, Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. A truly excellent work of art. Includes pottery ring.