Andrea Gaus, center, was among the students who learned the intricate painting style required for Mata Ortiz pottery. The pieces also had to be sanded and burnished and fired over an open flame after painting. Contemporary Mata Ortiz pottery is a revival of an ancient Mesoamerican pottery-ma…
Mata Ortiz pottery gets its name from the village in Chihuahua, Mexico, from which it originates. The pottery style requires painting intricate lines with fine, handmade brushes of about five human hairs.
Instructor Kim Harpster, left, helps student Nancy Howell thread the dozens of lines that comprise the warp of a floor loom during Harpster's beginning weaving class at the Lew Sorensen Community Center, 2300 N. Tanque Verde Loop Road.
Rose Clay, left, offers support as Trudy Harris weaves on a homemade foam-board loom during Kim Harpster's beginning weaving class. The Sorensen center's adult leisure program offers a variety of instruction, including in pottery making, drawing and yoga.