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Flowers of Yore Hand-Painted Floral Ceramic Decorative Plate from Guatemala

Flowers of Yore Hand-Painted Floral Ceramic Decorative Plate from Guatemala

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-308142

Product Features
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.

Says Ivan Villatoro, 'In making my designs I draw inspiration from nature and the beauty of the countrysides that our pretty city of Antigua Guatemala offers us from day to day.' He hand-paints floral designs onto a ceramic plate in the style of colonial artistry. Perfect for accenting up your home, this decorative plate celebrates the artistic traditions of Guatemala.

  • materials: Ceramic
  • For decorative use only
  • Signed by the artist
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Not for use with foods
0.7 in. H x 9.5 in. Diam.

Artisan Information

Ivan Villatoro

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I'm a teacher by profession, born in Antigua, Guatemala. I've always loved everything about painting. Living in a place so filled with color and magic, you can see it in the colorful houses, the volcanoes, mountains, monuments, parks and churches. Yet my career didn't let me do other things.

I loved to paint even when I was a little boy, decorating the walls of the house. My parents didn't like it but, with their immense love for me, they didn't get angry. They simply admired my work.

My school vacations were boring but we had a neighbor who made beautiful ceramics. One day, I decided to ask him if he'd teach each me. He accepted, although he wasn't convinced it was a good idea.

He taught me to shape and mold the clay although, if I'm honest, I was never very good at that. So he taught me to paint and combine colors. He showed me how to sketch and then create these images on clay. I loved this from the very first moment and this is how I learned.

As an adult, I worked as a teacher in a neighborhood school. Every day was a new adventure with my students and they made me very happy. It was like that for many years. Sadly, in 2016, I found myself out of a job when the school wasn't able to pay us and I had to look for work elsewhere.

I remembered painting, which is a gift God gave me, and looked for a job in ceramics. Fortunately, I found one. I had the opportunity to paint many ceramic tiles for the balconies that adorn the houses in Antigua. Then I discovered you and you opened their doors to me. This is a new and wonderful chance to grow as an artisan and showcase my work online. I am able to provide for my family and share a glimpse of Guatemala with you. I hope you like it.

Supplier Information

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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.

Shipping

United States shipping only. Expedited shipping is unavailable. Allow for 1-2 days extra processing time. This product may ship separately from other products in your order and may have longer than normal shipping timelines as it will ship directly from its country of origin.

Returns

All sales of this product are final -- we do not accept returns or issue replacements unless there is a defect with the product. Please review our Returns & Exchanges policy.

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