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Oaxaca: An Intimate Travel Experience with Culture, Folk Art & Food

Travel in Mexico with Marcia Lucas, Owner of El Interior February 20 –  February 28, 2018 Experience the essence and diversity of Oaxaca’s art, culture, architecture, cuisine and history by joining us on a tour led by Marcia Lucas, owner of El Interior. Come discover the enchanting spirit of Oaxacan hospitality with us! With the soul of […]

Event | Efren Gonzalez Art Exhibit and Demonstration

We are very excited to host an art exhibit and demonstration with the Austin Friends of Folk Art featuring Efren Gonzalez, an artist from Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. He will be visiting Austin to share his images of daily life in Ajijic. Come early and see Efren’s painting demonstration and ask questions about his art! His work will also be for […]

Ed Jordan February 2007 Collector’s Home Tour

Ed Jordan, is one of Austin Texas’ most prolific Collectors of Mexican Folk Art.  In February of 2007 El Interior had the privilege to visit at length with Ed at his Old West Austin neighborhood home. We photographed much of his collection and documented Ed’s descriptions of his fabulous displays, the pieces he treasured, and had such an […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]