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Snowy Owl Hand Painted Snowy Owl Ceramic Bird Figurine from Guatemala

Snowy Owl Hand Painted Snowy Owl Ceramic Bird Figurine from Guatemala

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-310354

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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.

Mauricio Morales crafts a small ceramic bird figurine that features exquisite hand painted detailing. 'The process for making these small animals was something I learned when I was small...since then it has become a passion of mine,' says the Guatemalan artisan, adding that the bird sculpture is made for, '...all of those who love birds.' He starts by mixing the clay and carefully shaping the figure, and then he adds aluminum legs and feet. After the bird is fired, he sands it, mixes his own colors and paints the figurine. The result is a charming, meticulously decorated representation of a snowy owl, complete with tuftless head, small yellow eyes, and white plumage with hints of grey.

  • materials: Ceramic, aluminum
  • Signed by the artist
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • May be used indoors or outdoors
4.1 in. L x 1.6 in. W x 2.6 in. D

Artisan Information

Mauricio Morales

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His name is Mauricio Morales. He was born in the beautiful city of Antigua, Guatemala. From the time he was a child, he suffered life's adversities. His mother abandoned the boy, leaving him with his grandmother.

"She was like my guardian angel," the artisan says. "She took care of me from the first moment I was with her. She wrapped me in her arms. Thanks to her, each day filled me with fortitude. No matter how tough things were, she always knew the right words to say."

His grandmother was young Mauricio's source of inspiration. He admired her hardworking and perseverant lifestyle. She taught him many skills, from carpentry to cooking. They lived in a humble little house that she built with great effort. Today, this is Mauricio's home.

In school, he divided his time between work and study, and this was when he began to work with a well-known ceramic artisan in the city. As time went by, Mauricio gained experience.

In the ceramic workshop, he met his wife and their love began to blossom when they were both quite young. "Meeting Mauricio is the best that has happened in my life. I had always lived well. My parents gave me whatever I wanted. It's been a blessing to know someone who could teach me to appreciate the good things in life. My husband is a loving father who gives his all for his children. He is demanding but a fighter and tenacious. Thanks to him, I learned to do many things I didn't know how to do," she says.

"I know I can be very demanding with my children sometimes," the artisan says. "But I want them to know the real meaning of life, that life is made up of moments. That we must struggle to achieve our dreams. That we shouldn't expect things to come to us. I feel so very fortunate to have the family that God has given me. They are my strength," Mauricio says, with tears in his eyes.

Little by little, he has perfected his work, which has been recognized in many parts of the world. His realistic ceramic bird sculptures form a part of many collections.

Mauricio's greatest dream is that his children learn this art. He wants to be able to give them a college education. Above all, he wants them to become good people."

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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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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.

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