Escultura realizada en torno y arcilla

Exhibition Guyana 2011

Posted: septiembre 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Las Artes | No Comments »

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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