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January 13, 2013 | Alison DaRosa
The place felt so familiar. The air was dry and warm and slightly smoky. Streets were unpaved, rutted, edged with weeds below ramshackle wooden fences. Swaybacked horses and muscled pickup trucks dueled for right of way on the dusty roads. I was invited almost immediately into the humble homes of extraordinary artists and encouraged to inspect pieces of delicate pottery displayed on oilcloth-covered kitchen tables or arranged on sagging beds. I looked over the shoulders of men and women who shaped, polished and painted at tiny sunlit work stations.
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TRAVEL
January 13, 2013 | Alison DaRosa
The place felt so familiar. The air was dry and warm and slightly smoky. Streets were unpaved, rutted, edged with weeds below ramshackle wooden fences. Swaybacked horses and muscled pickup trucks dueled for right of way on the dusty roads. I was invited almost immediately into the humble homes of extraordinary artists and encouraged to inspect pieces of delicate pottery displayed on oilcloth-covered kitchen tables or arranged on sagging beds. I looked over the shoulders of men and women who shaped, polished and painted at tiny sunlit work stations.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
It's an irresistible story. Juan Quezada ekes out a living in the Mexican village of Mata Ortiz, in the northern state of Chihuahua, by selling firewood that he gathers in the countryside and hauls back to town on his burro. In his spare time, he explores nearby caves and discovers shards of 13th- and 14th-century pottery produced by the Casas Grandes culture. He collects the shards and tries to figure out how the pots were constructed, decorated and fired.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
It's an irresistible story. Juan Quezada ekes out a living in the Mexican village of Mata Ortiz, in the northern state of Chihuahua, by selling firewood that he gathers in the countryside and hauls back to town on his burro. In his spare time, he explores nearby caves and discovers shards of 13th- and 14th-century pottery produced by the Casas Grandes culture. He collects the shards and tries to figure out how the pots were constructed, decorated and fired.
TRAVEL
January 9, 2000
A major exhibit of pottery by master Mexican artist Juan Quezada and his students forms the core of the "Magic of Mata Ortiz," opening Saturday at the San Diego Museum of Man. Quezada, who creates intricate ceramic pieces inspired by pre-Columbian pot shards he collected as a boy in the plains of Chihuahua, Mexico, will demonstrate his technique at the museum next Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
WORLD
September 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A Los Angeles man and two members of a Riverside family that was traveling to Mexico for a funeral were among at least 17 passengers who died in a bus crash in western Mexico. The bus, carrying 35 passengers, went off a mountain road Saturday while traveling between the resort city of Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, officials said. The U.S. Embassy said the crash killed U.S. citizen Jesus Morales Robles, 66, of Los Angeles.
SPORTS
December 24, 2000
The Mater Dei boys' soccer team's trip to Florida paid off with a championship as it won the Puma International title by defeating Bloomingdale (Fla.), 6-1, Saturday in the final at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Nick Miller and Ruben Rosales each scored two goals and Matt Fennell had two assists and a goal for the Monarchs (13-0-2), ranked second in the county. Fennell scored in the eighth minute off an assist from Eric Rolwing. Bloomingdale (11-2) tied it 12 minutes later.
NEWS
January 12, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ten valuable and artistically acclaimed pieces of Native American pottery have been stolen from a museum on the eve of a major exhibit--the first theft in the museum's 85-year history. A thief invaded the Museum of Man in Balboa Park about 2:30 a.m. Monday by breaking a small side window and then took the pottery from display cases, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 1997 | WILLIAM WILSON, TIMES ART CRITIC
In the mid-1970s, a San Diego man named Spencer Heath McCallum wandered into a secondhand store in southern New Mexico. A trained anthropologist, he's also a dedicated junk-shop addict. In this one, he found three ceramic vessels. Their design suggested prehistoric origins but looked new. Intrigued, McCallum bought them. His curiosity ignited a quest that eventually resulted in the Southwest Museum's current exhibition, "New Dimensions: Casas Grandes-Style Pottery."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 1988 | LAURIE OCHOA
Jano slowly walks the length of the gallery and pauses before each of her works. "I did this one when there was a full moon," she says as she stands in front of the piece she calls "Female Warrior Spirits Gathering." "Here, my spirits are either looking into my past or seeing the future," she says of another picture titled "Ancestor's Blessing." Jano, formerly Topanga Canyon housewife Janet Smith, realizes that her words might sound . . . well, spacey, to cynics.
NEWS
June 4, 1995 | JACK PETERS, INTERNATIONAL MASTER
Deep Blue, the world's strongest chess computer, will play a six-game match against world champion Garry Kasparov next February in Philadelphia. Deep Blue is the IBM computer developed by the programmers of Deep Thought, the computer world champion of the 1980s. The programmers claim that, by February, Deep Blue will be able to calculate one billion positions per second, using 1,000 parallel processors.
SPORTS
December 16, 2000
Sophomore Nikolai Doudtchenko scored two goals to help Estancia defeat Saddleback, 4-2, in a nonleague boys' soccer game Friday at Estancia. Alfredo Murillo and Ricardo Garcia also scored for the Eagles (2-2-2), who led, 3-0, at the half. In other nonleague games: Buena Park 6, La Quinta 1--Bryan Barragan scored all six goals for host Buena Park (2-2-3), including two in the first three minutes. Rafael Soto and Juan Cuevas had two assists each.
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