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Guatemala Summer 2014

Posted on September 09, 2014 by Shelby Oliphant

something about Guatemala 

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Oaxaca

Posted on September 09, 2014 by Shelby Oliphant

Oaxaca is one of our favorite places to travel to. The people are wonderful, and the food is incredible. And, there is the magnificent El Árbol del Tule

A Courtyard

Market

Oaxacan Hot Chocolate!

El Tule

Mescal Distillery

Monte Albán

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Irma Blanco

Posted on September 07, 2014 by Shelby Oliphant

When I go to Oaxaca, a stop I can't miss is Irma Blanco. Not only is she incredibly talented, but she is also warm, kind, and humble. Her mother, Teodora, who passed away in 1980, became famous in her lifetime with certain trademarks that Irma carries on today. Natural clay, highly imaginative doll-like figures called muñecas, and a type of decoration called pastillaje, which Teodora pioneered. Irma is certainly carrying on the masterful work of her mother. 

This is a giant mermaid she is working on.

Wood for the kiln.

Irma working with the clay.

the outdoor kiln

Irma and her husband make their own clay. These are their raw source materials.

 

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