Handmade Ceramic Mobile, 'Twelve Colorful Owls' (Guatemala)

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Handmade Ceramic Mobile, 'Twelve Colorful Owls' (Guatemala)

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I find owls to be fascinating, Jose Arriola says. 'As nocturnal hunters, they have an important place in Maya legend.' A dozen bright birds hover in midair, depicted in ceramic. They are arranged to form a circular spiral as they hang from colorful cords.

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  • Measures 28 inches high x 6-inch diameter
  • Worldstock Country: Guatemala
  • Accent Type: Figurine
  • Material: Ceramic, Nylon
  • Color: Multi

Story Behind the Art:
My full name is Jose Antonio Arriola Rodenas and I come from a happy family that has lived in Antigua for more than 100 years. My dad was a master carver and he was known for his relief work. On my mother's side, five generations have been dedicated to the beautiful craft of ceramic arts. In my mother's workshop they specialized in ceramics. I first got into ceramics to have fun. I spent my school holidays there and learnt the craft. My siblings and I would receive some pocket money for us to buy whatever we pleased. The first things we were taught to make were animal figurines. We went through bad times when we worked hard and barely earned anything. During the Civil War, tourism was low and we could hardly sell a thing. However, we managed to pull through as a family. Don't ask me how, but we never lacked food on our table. My first job, as an adult, was at my mother's workshop, where I learned all that I could and earned enough wages for my new family. There was a boom in tourism in 1986 and, thanks to the foreigners interested in my work, I earned enough to pay up all of my debts and I even managed to build my own home, where I also built my own workshop. I think God has always blessed me and now I'm doing well. I like saying that I've always worked with clay, even when I was in my mother's womb because I have always been surrounded by ceramics; they are a part of my life and education. Now, after all this time, I am happy to teach others who become my apprentices and are interested in ceramic arts, since my children are not. They have seen me suffer and have lived through the ups and downs so they would rather follow a different path. I love my craft, the whole process is beautiful, from acquiring the clay to the finishing touches on a piece. I am inspired by my country: the tranquil life of my city, our extensive culture, the colors, the designs on our traditional costumes, the flora and fauna. My favorite thing to do is to create new designs and I love the challenge of crafting them. Every piece is crafted and painted by hand, and each design is proof of the richness of our culture. Working with ceramics has brought me many beautiful things, from learning the craft from my mother and uncles to providing for my family so that my four children can go to the university.

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Country of Origin: Guatemala
Item #: 20291995


Ceramic, Nylon
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28 inches high x 6-inch diameter
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