Lucy Mora and her husband Lorenzo Bugarini, ceramic artists from the internationally known pottery village in northern Mexico, Mata Ortiz, demonstrate their beautiful handmade pottery techniques at Paradise Valley
Community College 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, in M142. This event is free and open to the public. Many finished potter pieces will be available for purchase.
Lucy Mora and Lorenzo Bugarini grew up in the tiny village of Mata Ortiz but didn’t think much about making pottery until 25 years ago when an adolescent
Lucy’s mother said, “You need to make pots in order to have a happy future.” Lucy took her mom’s advice and studied how to make beautiful pots. Today, Lucy’s pottery is collected all over the Southwest.
Lucy and Lorenzo dig the clay from near their home in Mata Ortiz, refine it, and make forms that are rotund and full of energy. Lorenzo sands the clay pot when dry
and burnishes the surface until it shines like a mirror. Then Lucy uses brushes she makes herself from the hair from one of her two young daughters to paint intricate designs of birds, fish and insects all over the surface. Lorenzo fires the pottery in a sophisticated version of a campfire that hardens the clay and changes it to ceramic.