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Magic Leaves Mexican Cutout Black Pottery Vase

Magic Leaves Mexican Cutout Black Pottery Vase

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-217030

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.

By Anakarem, this decorative vase features cutout motifs depicting leaves in orderly rows. She works in the time-honored black pottery tradition of Oaxaca, with techniques learned from her father. The fired clay is burnished to a sheen with a piece of quartz or obsidian.

  • materials: Ceramic
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Not watertight
  • For decorative use only
13 in. H x 7 in. Diam.

Artisan Information

Anakarem

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Black pottery was my father's art, which is how I got my start. But it has always attracted me — working in ceramics relaxes me and it's like a kind of therapy through which I express the good and bad situations in my daily life. Black pottery is an art form and when someone recognizes my good work, this is the greatest satisfaction one can have. It's the reason I strive each day to become a better artisan, the best at what I do.

I'm Anakarem López González. I was born in Oaxaca on April 27, 1989. I'm a responsible person, dedicated to crafting quality ceramics.

"Fortunately, I've never had to work alone. My family has always been there for me and we work as a team. Each one of us has a specific activity. One person shapes the pieces, another engraves or creates the cutout motifs, and another polishes them. When it's time to fire up the kiln, we all work together.

"I usually create new designs, which is what I enjoy most — giving form to the images in my imagination. When a new design comes to life, I'm happy with its quality and beauty.

"We use materials from our village. In fact, all we have to do is dig the clay and bring it home. The most challenging part is crafting large scale ceramic pieces, as the climate here doesn't help much.

"A few years ago, we had some tough times here in Oaxaca. There was a teachers' strike that took over the plaza and blocked the streets. This affected local merchants, especially the artisans. Our sales dropped and we had to struggle to overcome the situation and continue selling our handicrafts.

"We began showing our work in other parts of Mexico to be able to support our families. But this has also been a wonderful way to make people aware of our work and to attract tourists to our town so they can get to know our artisans and our crafts. This is good for the local economy and everyone wins.

"My greatest dream is to establish my designs as some of the best in the nation and the world. I also hope to be recognized for the quality of my work. I'm sure I can achieve this one day, thanks to all that my father has taught me. His name is José López Aragón and he showed us that we should never lose hope but always continue trying. He's been a wonderful teacher."

The young artisan second place in Mexico's prestigious 2012 Premio Nacional de la Ceramica.

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.

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