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.

El Interior’s Journey & 2019 Mexico Buying Trip Recap

Celebrations of traditional Zapotec Culture in the Tehuantepec Calenda in the streets of Oaxaca. Zapotec women from the isthmus of Tehuantepec on a float in Oaxaca City. “They’re celebrating their identity and their community’s traditional values. This is also an act of reciprocity, a way of giving back to their community. The participants sponsor the […]

Austin Friends of Folk Art Promotes Folk Art and World Culture at El Interior

  The non-profit Austin Friends of Folk Art (AFFA) began in 1987 between two passionate folk art collectors and advocates, Ted Warmbold and Marcia Lucas. At the time Ted was president of the established San Antonio Friends of Folk Art while editing the San Antonio Light. Marcia was busy forming one on one relationships with […]

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 […]

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 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 demonstration […]

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

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

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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. […]