Woman of Red Clay

mexican market series
Dimensions: 40" X 60"
Photo Credit: E. Rausenberg

On a recent visit to the town of Oaxaca, southern Mexico, i met ceramic artists while visting the village of San Marcos Tlapazola, Oaxaca valley. This town is known for the red clay that is collected from the nearby mountainside. Artisans form by coil and hand-burnishing, then fire pieces in an ancient wood-firing technique of their ancestors. A group of women artists formed a collective that has been forging a strong identity for the beauty of their work they produce and for their collective vision.I wanted to express the spirit of connectivity between this artist and her work, without actually representing the work itself.