The Pot That Juan Built by Nancy Andrews-Goebel
(Pura Belpre Honor Book. Illustrator (Awards))

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Juan Quezada is the premier potter in Mexico. With local materials and the primitive methods of the Casas Grandes people — including using human hair to make brushes and cow manure to feed the flames that fire his pots — Juan creates stunning pots in the traditional style. Each is a work of art unlike any other. The text is written in the form of "The House That Jack Built" and accompanied by a comprehensive afterword with photos and information about Juan's technique as well as a history of Mata Ortiz, the northern Mexican village where Juan began and continues to work. This celebratory story tells how Juan's pioneering work has transformed Mata Ortiz from an impoverished village into a prosperous community of world-renowned artists.
 

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NANCY ANDREWS-GOEBEL met Juan Quezada in 1995 while on vacation in Mexico. Fascinated by his work and inspired by his wonderful spirit, she and her husband produced a documentary about Quezada's pottery. Andrews-Goebel and her husband live in Cayucos, California. This was her first book.
 
Published August 1, 2011 by Lee & Low Books. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books.

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Ingeniously crafted with a three-part structure, this informational picture book tells the story of Juan Quezada of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, who single-handedly rediscovered the processes and materials used by the long-vanished Casas Grandes Indians to create fine pottery.

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