Mata Ortiz Pottery. In the village of Mata Ortiz, master potter Juan Quezada, inspired by ancient potsherds, leads a renaissance of the region's native art tradition. Contemporary work reflecting art of indigenous Hopi, Zuni, Acoma Indians and others, has come to be known as Mata Ortiz Pottery. Unlike most U.S. potters, those in Mata Ortiz use local, naturally occurring clay. First, the potters dig the clay, then use a unique water filtration process that produces a very fine clay body.