Kyle Ortiz is a grandson of Seferina & Guadalupe Ortiz and the son of Jacquelyn Ortiz. He learned to make pottery from his uncle, Virgil Ortiz. Each piece is coil built and painted with native clay slips and wild spinach (black) and traditionally fired. He says of learning to make pottery, "The entire family would go together to gather the clay. When I was younger my Grandmother encouraged me to make pottery. I made a few pieces here and there but never really stuck with it. With my first figures by Uncle coached me. I was happy with how they turned out. Being part of this amazing and talented family has been my motivation and inspiration to create pottery and other forms of artwork."