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I know I said the Tonala family's work was majolica, but that is wrong wrong it is underglazes painted on bisqueware.

Sr Tonala pinta su pote.

A close up of Senor Tonala's talented hands at work. Each of the brothers have a different job in their studio. Ramon's is the final layer of white, in some ways similar to scribal white work. I am still smiling over how nice they were to us.

This is where I shake my fist at Delta. I designated my carry-on for breakable pots, which I also wrapped in bubble wrap. I thought they would be safe with me hovering over them. But Delta transferred us to a small plane with no space for carry-ons. Carry-ons had to go under the plane, or perhaps just were hung from ropes and trailed behind. So my favorite pot, done in the style of San Ildlefonso ware, suffered a quarter-sized chip. I photographed it so it doesn't show here. But the chip is bad :-( This pot is about 6" tall and was made in two parts, you can feel inside where the neck is attached to the shoulder.

This pair of pots were in the Guadalajara Ceramics Museum. They were the absolute most frightening pots I've ever seen. This photo doesn't pretend to do them justice. The rattlers circling the pots looked aggressive and as thick as my wrist. Burrr.

As you may know, I love making ceramic whistles. These two from the Ceramics Museum are inspiring.

We were lucky enough to be at the Museum during a ceramic mask contest inspired by indigenous peoples masks of history. The mask is all ceramic with the exception of the hair and the teeth. There were about 20 equally elaborate and amazing. Wish I had taken more photos.

The detail on this modern pot is simply amazing. Click on the photo to see more of the detail.

Another poor photo, sorry, this is a lovely piece. Many of the contemporary pottery pieces related to images from their ancestry.

There was no information anywhere where we could read about the ceramics or even the artists. The people in the historic museum didn't know anything about it. It was obvious there wasn't work from anything much before the 20th Century. I was rather hoping to see some pre-columbian ceramics too. But oh well. I enjoyed what was there.

Date: 2009-07-06 05:20 am (UTC)
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Wow! Wow! You lucky person!
Very neat!

Date: 2009-07-06 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I feel very fortunate that I was able to go. I'm going to have to save up my pennies for the next trip. The kids are talking about taking an assignment even farther away!! :-0 But, I can rest assured I'll find pottery wherever they go.

Date: 2009-07-07 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I imagine so! 8-)

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