Category Archives: Folk Art

A look at the beautiful folk art that inspires us at El Interior. Includes information on the talented artists behind the pieces available in our store.

Nacimientos: Traditional Nativity Scenes from Mexico Exhibition with Ed Jordan

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Many changes have occurred in the life of Ed Jordan and his beloved Collection of Folk Art in the last 10 years. (Click here to view our tour of his home in February 2007.) One of the biggest, was his decision to sell his 100 plus year old home! We recently visited with Ed at Mexic-Arte […]

New Folk Art Piece from Demetrio Aguilar: Four Cardinal Directions & Elements

New Folk Art Piece from Demetrio Aguilar: Four Cardinal Directions & Elements

During our store owner’s (Marcia Lucas) last trip to Oaxaca, Mexico she made a visit, once again, to Demetrio Aguilar. Demetrio Aguilar is a well known Mexican folk artist who creates beautiful clay pieces with wonderful symbolic meaning. Here, we have a video that Marcia has filmed of Demetrio explaining one of his newest (and […]

Josefina Aguilar – Artist Update

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In 2014, famous potter Josefina Aguilar of Ocotlan, Oaxaca Mexico  became blind. I remember visiting her shortly after her blindness struck and discussing with her about how her hands were going to become her eyes– “my hands know what to do” she told me. To back that up I am sharing  a few photos from a […]

Folk Artist Demetrio Aguilar Explains His “Gentlemen Jaguar” Piece

Owner Marcia Lucas recently returned from a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico with a wonderful new piece from folk artist Demetrio Aguilar. He calls it the Caballero Juaguar or “Gentlemen Jaguar”. Watch this video where he explains the meaning behind the artistry.  

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. […]