Archive for the tag 'natural paints'

Jacobo and Maria Angels in Colectika

Kevin March 3rd, 2012

Please join us on March 7th
at COLECTIKA-Ancestral Contemporary Art Gallery #858 Guadalupe Sanchez, corner
of Allende as we present Jacobo and Maria Angeles, the famous wood carvers from
San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca

As part of the traditional Wednesday night ART WALK, a cocktail reception
will be held from 6-10pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet two of the most
collected artists from Oaxaca demonstrate their wood carving skills and how they create the natural paints that
make their pieces even more sought after by collectors. Jacobo and Maria will
also be in the gallery on the 8th and 9th from to demonstrate their work answer
any questions you may have.
For more information please call 222-2302 or email

Purepecha Indian Pottery from Huancito, Michoacan

Kevin June 26th, 2010

The Purepecha indians from Huancito, Michoacan have for centuries made off of their utilitarian cooking pots by digging the clay from the local river beds.  Over the last 25years however several families in Huancito have taken it upon themselves to rescue their ancient tecniques of making laquer paints from the natural clay pigments.  Red, black, brown, and white are natural colors that the woman extract from the clay by working it on a metate.  The pots are hand formed and the colors are barnished onto the pots, painted and fired.

The origins of the Purepecha is just one of the many mysteries surrounding this ancient tribe.  Linguistically they have no relatives, but have been very successful in maintaining their dialect; today most kids are sent to school to learn Spanish as it is not spoken in the home.  The Aztec called the Purepecha humming birds, it is still a recurring theme in their folk art today.