Mata Ortiz is a small town in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico close to the site of the Paquimé Ruins. The town became popular when Juan Quezada, a poor farmer who gathered firewood in the area of the archaeological site, found fragments of ancient Paquimé pottery littering the ground. This discovery inspired him to try to recreate the ancient pottery of his ancestors.
Quezada was successful and managed to rediscover the ancient process using slightly more modern techniques. Since then, almost of the artisans of the area have used innovations in the design and decoration of the pots but the materials and the basic crafting of the process have remained the same.
Mata Ortiz pottery incorporates elements of contemporary and prehistoric design and decoration. Each artisan produces their own original and unique pots.