Velocity Jar




Virgil Ortiz, Cochiti, American, 1969-
Born: Cochiti pueblo
Work Locations: Cochiti pueblo
Active Dates: 1975- present


Object Info

Object: jar
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2016.116


Clay, slip, and paint


Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
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More Info


height: 10 in, 25.4000 cm; width: 18 in, 45.7200 cm; depth: 9 in, 22.8600 cm


Native Arts


Native Arts-American Indian Art

Known Provenance

Virgil Ortiz, Cochiti, NM, 2012; King Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ, about 2012; Vicki and Kent Logan, Scottsdale, AZ, 2012; Denver Art Museum, 2016


Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti), Velocity Jar, 2012. Clay, slip, and paint; 10 x 18 x 9 in. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2016.116. © Virgil Ortiz

Extended Info

Virgil Ortiz’s material choices and techniques draw from the past, while his imagery is both contemporary and futuristic. In making his figures, Ortiz uses locally sourced clay, wild spinach for paint, a coil construction for the form, and native outdoor firing techniques. The figures here demonstrate Ortiz’s mastery of traditional techniques, while his complex and intricate line work speaks of a style all his own.