Gracia Azul Candelabra
The Gracia Candelabra is a stunning piece by one of Mexico's most celebrated artisans, Hilario Alejos Madrigal, renowned for his glazed pottery pineapple masterpieces.
Madrigal first learned clay-making techniques at the age of 13 from his mother, Elisa Madrigal Martínez, who is known as the foremost master and creator of the infamous Carapan pineapple. Now, in his workshop in San José de Gracia, Michoacán, he works alongside his wife, Audelia, and his children, to whom he has passed his knowledge and are crafting their own styles.
Materials used to create the candelabra begins with clay extracted from San Jose de Gracia. In the state of Michoacán, men extract large chunks of clay utilizing picks and shovels. The material is put into sacks and brought back to the village on the backs of burros or mules. Once in the workshop the clay is cleaned, ground down into a fine powder, sifted, and wetted. For his pieces, modeling and molding techniques are utilized. After the item is sculpted and fired, it’s ready to be given a dose of color. Glazes mixed with copper sulphate and other minerals introduce brilliant shine to each piece. Items are fired twice: once after the clay cures and again after they are glazed.
Madrigal is the recipient of several prizes in local and national artisan competitions including the Premio Fomento Cultural Banamex to the Great Masters of the Mexican Folk Art; one of his signature pieces, the Biznaga, can even be seen in the wonderful book The Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art.
Measurements: 7"W x 15"H x 4.5"D (base)
This item cannot be returned. As a piece that is 100% handmade imperfections are present. Please review all photos before making a purchase as returns are not available due to the delicate nature of the item.
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