The Pot That Juan Built

By New York Times

(The New York Times Book Review) Dominated by a striking array of golds, browns and deep reds, which evoke the desert landscape and the many-hued shades of light that illuminate it, Diaz’s illustrations, rendered in Adobe Photoshop, unite the two pages. Evoking the style and even some of the patterns of Quezada’s pots, the bold spreads follow the artist as he teaches himself how to use the same local materials that were available to ancient potters (cow manure to fuel the flames that fire that pots, paintbrushes from human hair). Just as Andrews-Goebel’s poems demonstrates the cumulative nature of artistic creation, so Diaz’s image reveal the way finished art integrates multiple levels of detail into a coordinated whole.