Silveira Family and Teaching Tree

Disclaimer: This "family and teaching tree" is a best effort on our part to determine who the potters are in this grouping and arrange them in a generational order/order of influence. Complicating this for Mata Ortiz is that everyone essentially teaches everyone else (including the neighbors), so it's hard to get a real lineage of family/teaching. The general information available is scant. This diagram is subject to change as we get better info.


    Gregorio Goyo Silveira & Gloria Hernandez
    • Fabiola Silveira
    • Goyin Silveira & Graciela Martinez
    Jose Silveira & Socorro Sandoval
    • Lila Silveira
    • Trinidad Trini Silveira
    Nicolas Silveira & Genoveva Sandoval
    • Armando Silveira & Tomasa Mora
    • Arminda Silveira
    • Octavio Tavo Silveira
    • Silvia Silveira & Tomas Ozuna
    • Veronica Silveira & Sabino Villalba
    Rojelio Silveira
    • Israel Silveira
    • Rafael Silveira

Some of the above info is drawn from:

  • The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz, by Susan Lowell, © 1999, Rio Nuevo Publishers.
  • Secrets of Casas Grandes: Precolumbian Art and Archaeology of Northern Mexico, edited by Melissa S. Powell, © 2006, Museum of New Mexico Press.
  • Mata Ortiz Pottery Today, by Guy Berger, © 2010, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
  • Mata Ortiz Pottery: Art and Life, by Ron Goebel, © 2008, self-published.
  • The Miracle of Mata Ortiz, by Walter P. Parks, © 1993, The Coulter Press.

Most other info is derived from either personal contacts with family members or with individual traders plus interminable searches of the Internet and cross-examinations of the data found.


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