(The late) Joel Velasco Lara and his wife Manuela Villanueva Vázquez (Santa María Atzompa)

(The late) Joel Velasco Lara and his wife Manuela Villanueva Vázquez originally collaborated as versatile miniaturists, their work encompassing multiple styles and materials. After Joel’s death, Manuela continued this tradition with their many children, creating dishware (cups and saucers, teapots, dishes, bowls, serving pieces) in the traditional green glazed finish of Atzompa (to which they also add blue and gold glaze), as well as in plain terra cotta and terra cotta with intricate filigree decoration. In addition, they produce charming terra cotta animals, both in natural poses and elaborated as musicians. The family also produces tiny, delicately filigreed two-tone boxes and crosses.

 

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