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 […]

Reynaldo Santiago – Artisan Woodcarver

Arrazola, La Unión Tejalapan, and San Martín Tilcajete are all known for their wood-carvers, yet La Unión is by far the prettiest, as well as the most remote. A collection of adobe houses sparingly dot the hillside, separated by milpas (corn and bean fields). Nestled in foothills of the Oaxaca valley, La Unión is culturally […]

Enedina Vasquez – Artist from Oaxaca

Clay Mexican hairless dog

Enedina Vasquez is an artist from Atzompa, a village located very close to Oaxaca City and just a few miles from the archaeological site of Monte Albán. Using innovation that she takes great pride in, Enedina broke from tradition by creating new designs and techniques in clay that has won her commendation from the ceramics […]

Juan Gutierrez – Award-Winning Potter

Juan Gutierrez is the son of Herlindo Gutierrez, and a three-time winner for 1st place in a prestigious ceramic competition for his gorgeous and painstaking Michoacán pottery. Such pieces are made by first extracting large chunks of clay from the earth and brought back to the village. These chunks are the raw material used in […]