Pottery of Mexico Vol II: Trees of Life Izúcar de Matamoros, Acatlán, Metepec
Updated: Jan 14, 2019
Pottery of Mexico Volume II details the story of the ceramic tree of life as an emblematic Mexican folk art form. With roots in ceremonial incense burners and utilitarian candelabra, trees of life are incredibly detailed storytelling sculptures that range from miniature to gigantic. This firm film travels to Izúcar de Matamoros, a small town in the state of Puebla. Next, it features an endlessly creative man who, inspired by artwork and the need to support a family, began dreaming up fantastical sculptures which in turn inspired others in his village of Acatlán to do the same.
Finally, the film travels to the best known tree of life city, Metepec, in the state of Mexico. Traditionally makers of kitchen ceramics and ceremonial figures, Metepec potters quickly became adept at making the baroque, varied, and monumental trees that now grace embassies and mansions all over the world.
Sponsored in part by Los Amigos del Arte Popular
Additional funding by Austin Friends of Folk Art
Run Time: 43 minutes
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