Handcrafted ceramics in Central America
"I especially love creating our pre-Hispanic style designs. I enjoy challenging myself and always designing something new and original, but inspired by our traditions.""I'm Mario Rogelio Cano Barrios from Masaya, Nicaragua. I was born into a family of incredible artisans. My grandparents crafted utilitarian ceramics for the home, especially kitchen utensils. They taught me this art that has brought me such satisfaction.
"At first, I'd simply watch them work and admire their designs. I wanted to try my hand but they wouldn't let me. They thought I'd just play with the clay. But I already had the desire to learn to make beautiful things. And little by little, I learned a lot, just by observing them.
"They did let me craft my first pieces when I was still a boy. These first designs were really ugly! But I wasn't discouraged. To the contrary, I was enthusiastic and could hardly wait to do better. With a lot of practice, I was able to develop my crafting skills.
"This is a family legacy that I carry on with much love and I work hard at it. I want to transmit this knowledge to creative and innovative people in my community who are excited about Nicaraguan ceramics.
"My dream is for this ancestral art to be seen and known. We work day by day to get ahead and support our family.
"I especially love creating our pre-Hispanic style designs. I enjoy challenging myself and always designing something new and original, but inspired by our traditions.
"I thank you with all my heart for this opportunity. I feel so proud to show you my work."