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

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

Josefina Aguilar - Artist Update

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 […]

Guillermina Aguilar: Master Clay Artist

Guillermina Aguilar, the eldest of the four famous Aguilar sisters, was born in Ocotlan 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. […]

Reynaldo Santiago: Artisan Woodcarver

Arrazola, La Union Tejalapan, and San Martan Tilcajete are all known for their wood-carvers, yet La Union 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 Union is culturally […]

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 […]

Angélica Vásquez Cruz: Master Potter from Oaxaca

Angélica Vásquez Cruz at work in her studio.   Master Potter from Oaxaca Angélica Vásquez Cruz is a Master Potter from Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. She is the sister of Enedina Vasquez, both of whom began working with clay at a young age. Angélica does not actually paint her work, but instead developed a process using […]