Santiago and Pricila are lives entwined by the artistry of Mata Ortiz pottery. Santiago learned to do pottery from his mother, the famous Yoly Ledezma when he was 14 years old. But soon he found a new way to project his skills by carving his pieces (his mother only painted her designs). When he was 17 he won first price in the annual Mata Ortiz Contest in the Miniature Category with a little egg in which he carved flies.
Some of his carved designs are: leopards, butterflies, eagles, koala bears, wolves, dragonflies, bees, lizards, rabbits, and more, and his very detailed wood scineries showing animals in the woods during the day in one side of the pot and animals in the woods during night time in the opposite side.
Pricila learned from Santiago when she got married with him at the age of 17 years old. She has specialized in the carved pieces showing sea bottom scineries in which she carves many different animals of the oceans and plants and shells with beautiful detail. She won first price in January 2013 in the Sgraffito Category on the Desert Museum of Tucson Contest of Mata Ortiz Women with one of these pieces.
They are raising a family of 2 children 8 and 4 years old.