Nicolas Fabian and his wife Rosario work together in
the Purepecha community of Santa Fe de la Laguna, Michoácan.
how to make traditional pottery working with his aunt and his parents. Together with the support of Aid to Artisans,
Barro Sin Plomo and GIRA (an environmental non-profit organization based in Michoácan)
this family was one of the first to transition to lead-free production.
is a co-founder of the women’s cooperative “Uarhi” translated a woman in
Purepecha and has helped to train artisans on family health and lead-free
Nicolas and Rosario now create burnished pottery as a
way of returning to their Pre-Hispanic pottery techniques. They etch important
Purepecha symbols into their pottery such
as limes, corn, fish and regional plants.
Fernando Arroyo works with his wife
Belen and their family in their pottery workshop in Capula, Michoácan.
learned to make pottery as a child from his parents. He is recognized for his
innovative approach to traditional designs and his high quality lead-free
pottery. Fernando is an expert in pointillism and combines this technique to
fashion, fish, animals, flowers and
Fernando with Victor Aguila, the founder of Barro Sin Plomo began transitioning to lead-free production
ten years ago and was one of the first potters to participate in the original
sales and exhibit of lead-free at the Casa de Artesanias in 2001. He is now a
leader in Capula in lead-free processes and continues to explore and learn new
Juan learned the art of making clay
candleholders from his parents and through his wife’s family pottery workshop.
Juan is from the community of San Jose de Gracias, Michoácan where potters specialize primarily in
making candleholders and pineapple pots. Juan’s family is recognized for making
some of the most elaborate candleholders in their community and they use the
technique of “pastillaje” in which they adorn the candleholders with intricate
hand molded ornaments and texture.
The Gutierrez family began transitioning to
lead-free production in the summer of 2006 with BSP’s support. He is one first
potters from his community to be trained in lead-free techniques.
Catalina, her husband and their
daughters create traditional green glazed tableware from the community of Tzintzuntzan,
Michoácan. They create a diversity of forms including green leaf dishes,
plates, bowls and platters. Their style has been passed down through the family
from Catalina's grandmother, to her mother, and now to Catalina’s daughter.
Catalina began transitioning to lead-free production with BSP’s support in
Jose Neftalí Ayungua grew up learning
how to make pottery from his father Neftalí Ayungua Suarez and his mother Ana
Maria Cuevas. His father Neftalí Ayungua is one of the featured artists in
Fomento Cultural Banamex’s book, “Great Masters of Mexican Folk-Art”. Neftalí
Ayungua has participated in over 79 competitions and has won numerous prizes
for his pottery in Mexico, as well as received many honorable mentions.
Ayungua family creates museum quality green glazed ceramics traditionally made
in Patamban, Michoácan. Their designs
combine birds and flowers with petallilo (crosshatching).
In 2001, BSP
technician Barbara Garrido began working with the Ayungua family on
transitioning to lead-free production. BSP helped build a new lead-free kiln
and enabled Jose Neftali to obtain his visa and attend the Santa Fe
International Folk Art Market for the first time in 2007.
Jose Ayungua is one
of the young upcoming masters of traditional Mexican lead-free pottery and an
employer of many female potters from his community in his workshop.
Pedro, his wife Isabel and son Rogelio are masters of
elaborating the traditional pineapple pots from the Purepecha community of San
Jose de Gracias, Michoácan. His family has received numerous awards in state
and national art shows and competitions for their pineapples and candleholders.
Pedro learned his trade from his father and grandfather and he is currently in
the process of transforming his family’s studio into a pineapple museum.
Exquisitely crafted, each pineapple is covered with intricate ornamentation,
with textured and hand-sculpted leaves.
Pedro was one of the first artists in
his community to begin experimenting with lead-free glaze production five years
ago with support from Barro Sin Plomo.
Angelica Morales is the daughter of two famous potters from the community of Tzinztuntzan, Michoácan; Ofelia Gamez and Miguel Morales Estrada, from whom she inherited her pottery style. Morales’ lead-free pottery is recognized both nationally and internationally.
She uses the traditional black and white style from Tzintzuntzan but she has also developed her own unique style that weaves together cultural scenes, rituals, festivals and Pre-Hispanic geometric forms. She paints Purepecha women “Uarhi” in their traditional dress carrying out daily customs. She is also known for her exquisite paintings of mermaids.
Angelica works with her husband Roberto and they are leaders in lead-free production. Angelica began working with Barro Sin Plomo nearly ten years ago.
Juan Rosas, Lourdes and their son Juan work together
in their family workshop in the community of Capula, Michoácan. They are skilled
painters and masters of the pointillist technique in which they cover the
surface of their pottery with small hand painted dots. Their designs include
flowers, birds, and fish from the lakes region of Michoacán.
They have received
numerous state and regional awards for their high quality lead-free pottery.
Barro Sin Plomo provided lead-free training,
design and marketing assistance since 2005 to Juan & Lourde’s family, and
helped them build a fuel-efficient lead-free kiln.