It is interesting to note that a number of women have been in the forefront of the rise and transformation of Oaxacan handcrafts, pottery in particular. The work of these women has been instrumental in keeping pottery-making a traditional source of income, ironically by transforming what is made. Santa Maria Atzompa is well-known for its … Continue reading A woman on the forefront of Oaxaca’s handcraft innovation
The work of an original can be somewhat hard to find in Mexican folk art, with many communities' emphasis on tradition. But sometimes, an artisan's creativity breaks these bounds such that it cannot be ignored. I must painfully admit that I have not always pushed myself to make those interpersonal connections that are so, so … Continue reading A second chance to get to know an original.
Jose Juan Garcia Aguilar comes from the world-renowned Aguilar family from the small town of Ocotlán de Morelos in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The family’s feat is no small thing given Oaxaca’s reputation for producing many of the best artisans Mexico has to offer in so many different fields. Ocotlán itself is home to … Continue reading A slightly darker, Baroque take on folk sculpture