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 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, 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 […]
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, 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. […]
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 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 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 […]