Handmade Ceramic Sculpture, 'Bus To Santiago Atitlan' (Guatemala)

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Handmade Ceramic Sculpture, 'Bus To Santiago Atitlan' (Guatemala)

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In red and white, this bus is on its way to Santiago Atitlan. 'For tourists visiting Guatemala, getting on a 'chicken bus' is quite an adventure, and for those of us who live here, it's part of our daily life. Hop on, find a place to sit and enjoy the ride.' says Jose Arriola of his inspiration. Working with ceramics, he sculpts a detailed replica of the legendary bus, mostly adapted from vintage school bus. 'We call these 'chicken buses' because they're usually packed as full as a poultry coop,' explains the Guatemalan artist.

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  • Worldstock Country: Guatemala
  • Product Features: Handmade
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Color: Red
  • Dimensions: 4.5 inches high x 5.5 inches wide x 2.8 inches deep

Story Behind the Art:
My full name is Jose Antonio Arriola Rodenas and I come from a happy family that lives in Antigua. My dad was a master carver, his work has been awarded by the government and it graces Guatemala's National Palace as well as the U.S. Embassy. On my mother's side, five generations have been dedicated to the beautiful craft of ceramic arts. That meant that at home we had two workshops - my father's where he worked with one assistant, and my mother's where they specialized in ceramics. Dad's workshop was too serious and somber for me, whereas everyone seemed to be having fun at my mom's. I spent my school holidays there and learnt the craft. 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. I studied up to the second year in university but dropped out in 1979 when I got married, as I had to get a job to provide for my family. 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 build my own home and workshop. 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. I already have a grandchild and my wish for all of them is that are independent people with a career of their choice. That they be responsible and be respectful of God. God touched my life many years ago and helped me overcome my problems. Nowadays I try to help people that may need it and I volunteer at a maximum security prison, teaching the word of God. 'It is difficult to make Light present in the darkness.'

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Country of Origin: Guatemala


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