Irma Blanco

Irma García Blanco is one of Teodora’s daughters, born in Santa María Atzompa in 1959. Irma continues her mother’s legacy with her own large, ornate clay figures which are lively and full of detail. Irma began working with clay at the age of six, helping her mother by making small figures.

Irma is best known for continuing the creation of ornate “muñecas” started by her mother. These works are lavishly ornate, with the female figures with proportionally short torsos, sometimes having an overabundance of decorative details. They include mermaids and women selling in the market. Some of the figures are surrounded by small animals such as dogs and rabbits, others are covered in flowers. Irma also creates altars with crucifixes, angels, Virgin Mary figures bearing angels, nativity scenes and mermaids. Two other notable themes are fountains and reproduction of the Moctezuma cypress at Santa María del Tule, which are decorated with elements from the seven regions of Oaxaca.

Her technique is also similar to her mothers, using simple tools including the bowl and plate “wheel” as well as clay mined locally. Some of the basic shapes are created with molds but generally are modified by hand and the decorative details are also done by hand.

Irma has also received numerous prizes and other recognitions for her work, including the Premio Fomento Cultual Banamex in 1996 and her work featured in the "Grandes Maestros del Arte Popular" and "Out of Volcanos" by Margaret Sayers Peden. Her work is also regularly exhibited such as a show sponsored by the Fomento Cultural Banamex in the city of Durango in 2012.

Teodora’s influence extends well beyond her contemporaries today and will continue to appear in the ceramics of the generations that follow.

Wikipedia contributors. Irma Blanco. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Available at: Accessed September 9, 2014.

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