Monthly Archives: January 2014

Isidoro Cruz – Master Carver from Oaxaca

Isidoro Cruz is a master wood-carver from San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca. He is also the father of Nayeli Cruz, who followed in her father’s tradition and married fellow wood-carving artist, Gaspar Calvo Fabian. Isidoro started carving at a young age, making masks for local carnivals. He continues to make masks, as well as all sorts […]

Concepción Aguilar – Clay Artist

Concepción Aguilar, the youngest of the famous Aguilar Sisters, was just nine when her mother died without teaching her the skills she had previously passed on to her three other daughters. However, Concepción developed her incredible skill with clay first by imitating her sisters and then constantly pushing herself to further develop her talent. Perhaps because […]

Burnished Pottery

Burnished clay pottery bull bank

To burnish is to rub the surface of an unfired clay figure or pot with a hard object until it develops a semi-gloss shine. While the earliest known pottery can be traced to 12,000 B.C., the earliest known burnished pottery dates from 5,000 to 4,500 B.C. Used by the Badarian People of the Nile Valley […]

Gaspar Calvo Fabian & Nayeli Cruz – Master Carvers from Oaxaca

We list Gaspar Calvo Fabian and Nayeli Cruz together, because they’re a husband-and-wife team working in the Oaxacan tradition of wood-carving. Gaspar Calvo Fabian hails from the Fabian family of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca, while his wife Nayeli Cruz is the daughter of pioneer master folk artist Isidoro Cruz. They each offer their versions of […]

Josefina Aguilar – Master Clay Artist

Update: Josefina Aguilar is now blind, as of 2014. Read more about how she continues to create folk art, despite her disability, here: Josefina Aguilar – Artist Update Josefina Aguilar of Oaxaca, Mexico, is perhaps one of the most collectable folk artists today. Josefina’s skill was noticed when she was quite young, and by the time […]

Inocencio Vasquez – Master Carver

Wooden Nahual figures

Master carver Inocencio Vasquez loves to delve into his village’s superstitious past. Nahuals (Meso-American shapeshifters depicted as human figures with animal faces) and drunken skeletons are some of his signature works. Each one of his creations has a timeless quality to it. He says of his work, ” I capture the combination of good and […]

Guillermina Aguilar – Master Clay Artist

Hand-painted clay chicken jar

Guillermina Aguilar, the eldest of the four famous Aguilar sisters, was born in Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca. Inspired by her fertile imagination, her ceramic repertoire is rich. In the beginning, she created figures of ducks, hens and bulls, and later turned to more complicated female figures in highly detailed costumes, down to their dangling earrings. […]

José García Antonio – Master of Pottery

Master of figural pottery, work by José García Antonio is part of the historical Banamex Collection in Mexico City. The artist is a recognized Mexican Master and is featured in the book, Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art. Cousin to the Aguilar sisters, Josefina and Guillermina in Oaxaca, José now lives in San Antonino. Glaucoma has claimed […]

Dunes 2014 Retail Price List

We are now offering the wonderfully cool, and comfortable, Dunes 2015 Collection for special orders! It’s never too early to be thinking of the warm weather ahead… All orders must be placed by February 8th (new, extended deadline) – taking approximately 8 weeks to arrive – just in time for the lovely Spring weather. Note: The Dunes website does […]

Gabino Reyes – Master Wood Carver

Carved wooden donkey & foal with Virgen of Guadalupe

Gabino Reyes is one of the most incredible artists that has emerged from within the rich tradition of wood carving in Oaxaca. His work is exceptional, with an emphasis on fine detail. He is among the best of Oaxacan woodcarvers, and although his work is not widely available, they are true treasures. Unlike many other […]