Dia Diez, July 21st (Friday)
Our last hotel breakfast was today before we boarded the van for an add-on field trip with our leader Mija to the Ocotlan de Morelos village market.
OUT THE WINDOW #7
Our first stop was in the town of Ocotlán de Morelos to visit the ceramic shops of the famed Aguilar sisters. The origin of the family business was when their mother Isaura Alcantara Diaz switched from traditional pottery forms to doing figurative ones. She became famous and someone collectors wanted. There are four sisters involved in the family business of ceramic making now and they are also collectible. A third and fourth generation of the family are continuing the art form with great success.
The first we visited was Guillermina.
Next store is the shop of Josefina (who I must confess that I find her art more to my liking). While I have photographed Josefina before she was not looking too well on this trip so I left her alone.
OUT THE WINDOW #8
Our second stop was the Ocotlan de Morelos village market. The first thing we did was go to the municipal palace to view the mural by the Zapotec artist Rodolfo Morales.
Then we wandered around the market.
Third, we stopped in San Antonio Castillo Velasco at the Taller Manos Que Ven family studio of Don Jose Garcia, also known as the blind potter.
OUT THE WINDOW #9
Today lunch was at Azucena in San MartÍn Tilcajete operated by Jacobo and María de los Angeles, the alebrije king and queen.
Now it is time for our class critique. Most of us will tell you we are not done but the projects still look pretty good. My apologies to all as these were the toughest projects I have ever tried to photograph between their 2D nature, the light in the room and their size.
Our farewell dinner was at Tierra del Sol. I decided that for the final photos I would combine our farewell dinner photos with the projects of the participants.
Dia Once, July 22nd (Saturday)
Both Denice and I were pleased that both going and coming proved to be easy on this trip.
We did have to get up at 3:30 a.m. in order to catch a 4:30 a.m. taxi to the airport.
Our United flight left at about 7:00 a.m. (20 minutes late) and arrived in Houston at 10:30 a.m.
We did have to move quickly to catch our Noon flight to Chicago. We arrived in Chicago at 5:00 p.m. and picked up our luggage. Then we caught a Coach USA bus to Milwaukee where our sister-in-law Marijeanne and her husband Donny picked us up.
After dinner we were able to get home, unpack and get to bed with little issues.
It is always a bit sad when a workshop ends and this one is especially so because I was so pleased that Denice got to see Oaxaca and enjoyed her time there.
Our thanks go to Mija, Colleen, Michael, Andrea and all the participants in the workshop.