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Angel from San Pedro la Laguna Handcrafted Guatemalan Ceramic Angel Musician Sculpture

Angel from San Pedro la Laguna Handcrafted Guatemalan Ceramic Angel Musician Sculpture

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Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

An angel with feathery wings coaxes dulcet notes from a golden lyre. The heavenly musician wears the traditional floral huipil blouse and handwoven skirt of San Pedro la Laguna in Sololá. Monica de Castellanos paints each detail by hand, and signs the lovely figurine with her nickname, 'Moni.'

  • materials: Ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
11.75 in. H x 4.1 in. W x 4.5 in. D

Artisan Information

Monica de Castellanos

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I was born in 1960 in Guatemala City. My parents weren't artists, but they had a great appreciation for everything related with art. They shared their interest in art with my brothers and me, and taught us to enjoy painting, music and dance.

In 2000, I was in the airport and saw a shop with terracotta angels, each hand painted with different designs. I liked them very much, but they were too expensive for me to buy. One day, my mother gave me an angel like those I'd seen in the airport, but it wasn't painted. To my surprise, she also gave me some photographs with all the traditional weavings worn by Maya women and told me, 'You can paint those angels and I'm sure they're going to be beautiful.'

"And so I began to experiment. I liked my angels very much and many of the people who visited my home liked them, too. That's when I decided to paint angels and sell them. I so enjoy painting them and, each time I finish one, I remember my mother. I still have the angels she gave me years ago, displayed on a table in my living room.

"I became interested in painting Maya clothing because their textile arts have always fascinated me – their weaving and embroidery designs are works of art. No one taught me to paint, but I'm grateful to my mother for giving me that little push.

"Up to now, I have worked by myself and it's practice that has let me perfect my technique. I've always believed that everything can be made better. It's so exciting to see a finished piece! I put it on the table and look at it… and I feel very happy.

"The beauty and color of traditional dress inspires me. The regional differences are amazing. Although Guatemala is a small country, we have so much culture, folklore, languages, flavors and colors.

"My dream is for my angels to become known throughout the world because my art is related to my country's history, traditions and customs. And so people in different parts of the world can appreciate the color of Guatemala.

"Apart from my art, I enjoy helping others through volunteer work with orphans. I am also teaching some adults to read and write. One of them is a 24-year-old girl.

"Thank you, Novica, for this opportunity."

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.

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