After taking a semester of intermediate ceramics at the University of Missouri, I made the observation that painting and pottery were embedded in Mexican culture. Functional pots were integral to the survival of my ancestors and clay became a material for artistic expression.
On the other hand, in Europe, painting is regarded as one of the highest forms of art and a painting is used as a representation of wealth.
When the Spanish conquered Mexico an interesting mixture of both of the cultures took place. Traditional Mexican design made its way into the refined pottery used in Spain and the revolution of painting developed artists like Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and many more.
I had been trained as a painter for almost the entirety of my art career but when I began to throw on the wheel I felt a genuine connection to my Ancestors and their traditions.
I decided to further my training in pottery at Access Arts with their Artist in Residence Program. There, I was surrounded by talented artists knowledgeable of the craft which helped me begin an honest conversation about my ceramic work.
With the help of the organization, and my own research I was able to add a 3 dimensional aspect to my body of work that connected each piece.