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Josefina Aguilar – Artist Update

Josefina-Aguilar-Artist-Update

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]