Pieces that recreate the splendor of Maya pre-Hispanic pottery will be part of the exhibition of Friends of the New Artisan – Artists of Yucatan (AANY), at the annual Arte a Mano event, that features fantastic products “for the home and the heart”.
The bazar, which brings together more than 80 artists and artisans from the Yucatan Peninsula, selected for their originality and the high quality of their work, will take place on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9, December 2018, at the Chamber of Commerce (Canaco) building, on Itzaes Avenue, Mérida, Yucatán.
Patricia Martín Morales, a craftswoman from Muna, Yucatán, participates with reproductions and recreations of Maya ceramics, such as polychrome vases, painted and graffito painted pots, Maya codex painted on amate paper, miniatures (wooden boxes and hand-painted miniature masks) and other items, with prices ranging between 100 and 2,000 pesos, approximately, depending on the size and details of the piece.
For the first time, from the workshop that forms with her husband and children, and that was founded 35 years ago in Muna, they will bring two hand-painted polychrome vases between 50 and 100 centimeters high, and murals in amate paper.
Patricia Martín emphasizes that Maya ceramic art stands out for its exquisite and fine realistic calligraphy, that they reproduce with an ancestral technique, that have assed from generation to the next.
“We try to make the pieces as in pre-Hispanic times, using mineral pigments. We handle two styles, the black and white codex, and the polychrome in red, orange and green, ” she explains.
The process of each piece is as follows: prepare the clay mass, knead it, form the piece and put it in the oven, put a coating of the same mud but finer, scrub and then begin with the smoothing and burnishing, to finally draw the calligraphy with brush and natural colors, and decorate with Maya motifs or scenes. Each piece takes around three weeks of work.
Patricia indicates that in 35 years they never had any government support, they have worked on their own for over three decades, and thanks to the visitors and tourists, their work is now known all over the world.
TYT Newsroom with information from yucatan.com.mx