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Exhibition Guyana 2011

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Involved in the world of the arts since my childhood, I often visited places like brick factories, craft shops and museums such as the Artist’s House in Costa Rica. I learned a variety of drawing and painting techniques while growing up. In high school, I became more interested in visual arts classes.  I created pieces using pre-Columbian techniques with different materials.  With one of those pieces I received an award from my hometown of Cartago, Costa Rica.  Additionally, I made drawings with charcoal, pastels, watercolors, and prints. I received other awards and worked on weekends and holidays to create three-dimensional designs for the exhibition of the Social Club in Cartago. For college I joined the  School of Fine Arts at the University of Costa Rica, where I majored in Fine Arts with the specialization in ceramics. I had very good teachers, including Costa Rican Cecilia Fonseca Borashi and American Barbara Eigen. My teachers taught me to love ceramics, work the clay, feel it, and appreciate its properties and textures.I visited different areas of my country and experienced different clays: reds, browns, yellows, high in iron oxide, and whites with kaolin. I used wooden kilms like the ones traditionally used for baking bread, open ovens that need firewood and cow dung, and other baking artifacts. My college years gave me a vast knowledge about ceramics; their functionality, utility, and characteristics. I also learned that clay enduring and lasting.I learned to make and use paste mixtures of oxides, fire materials, and organic materials. I put modern techniques into practice to make a number of shapes, new glazes, and ways of baking ceramics. After finishing the visual arts degree in Costa Rica, I had the honor of receiving a grant from the government of México to continue my studies at the Escuela de Artesanías de la Universidad de Guanajuato, where I continued to study ceramics, jewelry, silverware, and others handicrafts. I conducted summer courses at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel Allende, Gto. I also took courses in ceramics, raku, jewelry, fabric printing, etc. I married in Guanajuato, after I moved to Mexico City. I entered the Academia de San Carlos, School of Visual Arts of National Autónoma University of México, U.N.A.M., where I study sculpture. At the same time, I took ceramics and fabric printing classes at the School of Crafts and Design, E.D.A.  I also frequented various institutions where I took courses such as porcelain, sculpture, high temperature ceramics, and as well as other classes taught by renowned Mexican and foreign ceramists including Enrique Rangel, Alfredo Ezquerro, Manuel Barbosa, Gerda Gruber, Días de Cossio, and Hilda San Vicente. I had the opportunity to live in countries like México, the United States, Portugal, Haiti, Egypt, Algeria, and the Netherlands where I expanded my knowledge with innovating techniques. Taking and teaching classes in so many different countries and scenarios, experimenting with local materials and mounting new exhibitions, has given me the joy of creating clay art in a new place… Guyana.



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Mayela Leiva Ulloa

She presents this exhibition as Homage to Guyana and her Nature.

Mayela Leiva Ulloa was born in Cartago, Costa Rica. However she is naturalizad Mexican. She completed her first studies in the arts at Casa del Artista  in San José Costa Rica. She read for a degree in Plastic Arts specializing in ceramics at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidad Rodrigo Facio, Costa Rica. She was awarded the Lincoln-Juarez scholarship by the government of México. She continued her studies at the University of Guanajuato, where she did the following: ceramics, working of precious metals, history of arts, contemporary arts, Mexican art and Popular Mexican art, at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel Allende, she studied ceramics, fabric printing  and the history of art and literature.

She married Mr José Castro V. in Guanajuato and they have a son how was born in México City. Afterwards, they lived in México City where she continued to study at the Escuela Nacional de Diseño y Artesanías, E.D.A. There she studied ceramics and fabric printing while simultaneously studying for a Master´s degree in sculpture from the Escuela Nacional de Artes PLásticas, Academia de San Carlos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, U. N. A. M. She has done many arts and ceramics courses under various teachers in Costa Rica, México and U.S.A. In Chicago, she attended the school of Art Institute of Chicago, and Lillstreet art Center and studied porcelain, wheel throwing, sculpture and techniques applied in ceramics such as screen printing. She has taught art and ceramics courses at the University of Costa Rica, the Tecnological Institute of Costa Rica. La Casa del Artista in Cartago among other institutions. In México she was a teacher at the Plastic Experimentation workshop of master Students of the academia de Carlos U.N.A.M. She was the official professor of the Industrial Desing course, CYAD in the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana of México, U.N.A M. She was also invited by the University of Costa Rica to give an intensive ceramics course to the ceramics students. She taught ceramics courses for children at the Universidad of Lisboa. She has conducted seminars on techniques employed in ceramics and glazing at the Escuela Nacional de Artes of Puerto Principe, Haiti where she also taught special courses on desing, ceramics and sculpture to Haitians and students of the other nationalities. She has tasught special courses on ceramic s in Argelia. In Egypt, She gave ceramic courses to children and courses on Pre-hispanic techiniques to the diplomatic ladies and resident of that county. She taught ceramics courses al the Institute of Cultura Superior in México City and the same time she conducted ceramics courses to a group of mexican women. She has written and studied about ceramics materials, clays as well as glazes and various topics related to ceramics. She participated in various individual and group exhibitions in Algeria, Costa Rica, The United States, Egypt, Haiti, México and Portugal.  She has done individual and collective expositions in galleries and museums. She represented México al International expositions such as Bienal International de Ovidos in Portugal. Some of her pieces are in special collections in Argentina, Costa Rica, The United States, Egypt, Honduras, México, Portugal, Yoguslavia y Venezuela. She was living in La Paz Baja California Sur, in México, where she did courses in ceramics, wood carving, scrap iron, jewery. In 2008 she was invited by the University of Costa Rica to be judge in the third Bienal Nacional de Cerámica. Currently she lives in Georgetown, Guyana. She teaches ceramics to guyanese and foreigners.


For this exhibition I will tell my story in Guyana

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Since I came to this enchanting town in November 2010, I began to enrich myself with the culture and everything in my environment, the people and art, pottery and clay. I was concerned about finding potters and the materials for making sculptures.

I had the opportunity to meet Imma Subirana, who had been working with clay in Guyana and encouraged me to undertake this challenging work.

First not all clay used have the same characteristics and therefore I had to get used to handle the type of clay that we get in Guyana. It is clay suitable for turning or throwing, manual techniques, of low temperature and with a lot of iron oxide and plasticity. I got the mud with Imma’s provider, but unfortunately that vendor stopped selling mud. This was not a barrier to further thinking about making my work in ceramics.  After several months of comings and goings, I came across new materials to make the pieces that you find in this exhibition.
As this soil is suitable for manual work, it reminds me of the first toys I made as a child in my family’s brick factory in Costa Rica, where I started to learn about clay modeling. When I was perusing my degree in fine arts at the University of Rodrigo Facio in Costa Rica, I was excited to specialize in ceramics because it seemed a very rich material to create forms of any kind. With the support of my teachers from Costa Rica and other countries, I got to understand, love, and appreciate this art even more.

Before coming to Guyana, I lived in La Paz Baja, South California, México. It located in the north of the country. It is a very dry and desert landscape, it seldom rains during the year and water is scarce. Like Guyana, it is warm and the sun shines every day. There we can find a lot of cactus, a variety of clays, diversity of woods eroded by nature, a very good alabaster. All materials inspire me to create my sculptures and pottery pieces.
But in Georgetown, which is surrounded by jungle, the picture changes. The brightness of the sun, the rivers, the rain, its thick nature, the color of its flowers, its trees, their leaves with thousands of unique shapes and designs, inspire me in my work. This work permits to appreciate the engraving and printing of the leaves on the clay, which emphasizes its veins, retaining their shape and making it everlasting. I present different facets of the leaves, such as single leaves, with movement, flats, round, triangular, long, oval, and with bowl shapes. For this exhibition, leaves are on the floor and hanging from the ceiling, walls, and on a tree.

There are also fort sculptures in low temperature, tree sculptures in wood eroded  by nature, other two pieces sculpture, with name Duality = 2 + 2 the sun and the moon, made  in clay  and wood, and a  sculpture in two pieces “ Confrontation” in stoneware clay.

Mountains and clouds

Sculptures inspired by the landscape around us

Mountains and clouds have also been part of my inspiration for previous exhibitions and I am presenting them because they are part of nature.
I grew up in Costa Rica a country covered by clouds and surrounded by high mountains, all caressed by the rain, with intense green and blue colors within an infinite range of shades. I chose them as theme for my latest sculptures. The shape of the mountains and clouds resemble the contours of the mountains we see when we go anywhere by land, by sea or by air.

For me this subject has been of great affinity. In each sculpture, clouds and mountains have been shaped as I sometime happened to see them. Each sculpture and every detail that is present in nature, its function, its link with mankind, remind us that they are part of the environment that we live surrounded by them and that we must take care of them for the survival of all.

I have other utilitarian pieces like bowls, pots, dishes of different sizes, shapes and glazes in stoneware clay, and baked at 1.300° C.