Tag Archives: Mexican design

Paris Designer Wants to Copyright Mixe Design

I was stunned when I heard that Paris designer, Isabel Marant, is trying to copyright a traditional indigenous Mixe blouse design for her own fashion line. How could anyone think they have the rights to a blouse design that has been passed down from Mother to daughter for so many generations? To read more about […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dolores Porras – Oaxacan Potter

The making of pottery among indigenous people is always a family affair, and Dolores Porras, with her family, had been creating pots for over 60 years. She lived in the village of Atzompa, Oaxaca, and when she was young, she worked with the traditional green glazes of the village as well as producing clay “muñecas,” […]

Angélica Vásquez Cruz – Master Potter from Oaxaca

Angélica Vásquez Cruz is a master Potter from Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. She is the sister of Enedina Vasquez, and both she and her sister began working with clay at a young age. Angélica does not actually paint her work, but instead developed a process using “agobes,” her term for natural colored substances, such as stone or volcanic […]