Gerardo Ortega, along with his brothers Oscar and Junior, have been creating these whimsical figures of clay for over 20 years. They follow in the steps of their grandmother in the tradional Barro Betus technique. They are constantly looking for ways to innovate and develop new products while being true to the art, and to expand the imagination and to contribute socially to the community where he lives. He provides opportunities for apprenticeships to young people who want to learn his craft. Many have tried to copy his style, but Gerardo is the original creator of these treasured pieces. His work can be found in museums throughout the region. He resides in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.