Felipe Ortega

Type
Individual
Role
Artist
Identifier
OrtegaFelipe
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
>Potter
Heritage
Hispanic;Jicarilla Apache
Medium
Micaceous clay;Pottery
Biography
Felipe Ortega learned to make micaceous clay pottery from a woman in the Northern New Mexican town in which he grew up. When he tried to sell his work at the Spanish Market, he was told by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society that his art form was not Spanish but Indian; this inspired him to explore his Jicarilla Apache heritage. Through his research into the Jicarilla Apaches and micaceous pottery history, he has developed a theory that the Jicarilla introduced the art form to the Pueblos, rather than the other way around. [source: Dana Everts 1/13/1988]
Geographic names
La Madera
Related collection
AR.00020 Dana Everts Collection (is related to)
Related person/organization
Dana Everts-Boehm (interviewed by)