The Mexican village of Mata
Ortiz had a tradition of poverty and migrant workers. Juan Quezada
has lived in the village most of his life. As a young boy, he spent
time exploring and came upon some pottery fragments which were very old.
He didn't know it at the time, but he had discovered the remains of pottery
from 600 years ago. He studied the pottery and through the years
taught himself the art of making this unique pottery. Word of this
beautiful pottery spread and now the village is a lively artist village.
Just about every household has at least one potter in it. Find out
how Juan changed his poor village into a community of world famous artists.
Using human hair and cow dung
to create art might not seem like such a good idea to you, but that’s exactly
what Mexican potter Juan Quezada did. By reviving ancient pot making techniques,
Quezada changed life in his village. You can read all about this remarkable
artist in this special nonfiction book written in the style of “The House
that Jack Built”. (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2004-2005)