"I could have done other things with my life. Instead, I chose to follow in parents' footsteps. Art runs through their veins, and with their hands mom and dad taught me the ceramist's craft."
"I could have done many other things with my life. Instead, I chose to follow in parents' footsteps. Art runs through their veins, and with their hands mom and dad taught me the ceramist's craft. We come from Metepec, renowned for its ceramic legacy. I am proud to call myself a ceramist, it is something I do with much love and pride for I am contributing to the preservation of my village’s tradition.
"Metepec's ceramic tradition is vast and versatile, but I chose to specialize in the árbol de la vida or tree of life because it allows my imagination to run free. I like to fill my trees with as much color and shapes as possible. I do everything by hand, from kneading the clay, sculpting each figurine and leaf, and painting each one by hand after they've dried and baked. This part of the process takes the longest. I also enjoy crafting ornamental crosses, suns and butterflies.
"I am very happy to be part of the Novica family because I am certain that each one of my pieces will arrive to the hands of those who respect art and the different traditions around the world."
A cross bursts into bloom and becomes a garden where songbirds offer an inspiring melody of hope. In the center, a dove brings a message of peace to the world. Handcrafted by ceramist Jaime Esquivel, this exquisite cross is inspired by the traditional....read more
Talavera-style ceramic tiles depict blue marigolds in a charming design by Macrina and Manuel. In Mexico, marigolds were thought to light the way home for the spirits of deceased loved ones who visited on the Day of the Dead. The artisans craft a wall....read more
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