Handcrafted Mexican Trees of Life and figurines in Mexico
"Finally, I understood I had to listen to the heart before listening to reason, especially when designing. Little by little, I felt more sure of myself when molding and shaping the clay.""I was born in the Mexican state of Puebla. For as long as I can remember, my family has worked in the workshop of my uncle, the renowned ceramic and papier maché artisan Alfonso Castillo, and I also learned their marvelous arts.
"When I actually began to work with them, I discovered my passion for ceramics. That's when I learned the processes. And the work touched my heart.
"I admit that at the beginning I had no idea how to start. Finally, I understood I had to listen to the heart before listening to reason, especially when designing. Little by little, I felt more sure of myself when molding and shaping the clay. I felt more secure in myself and knew clearly what was needed in my day-to-day work.
"I especially love that I can innovate and play with colors, and the combinations I can achieve. In this way, I learned to create ceramics with elegance and a personal touch. And I made it a part of my life.
"Every day I find inspiration in this path I've walked, in my learning process, in being aware and feeling grateful to do something I love and share it with others.
"Today, I work with my wife, Diana, and our children. I design and they prepare the decorations for our colorful trees of life and figurines.
"I love being able to share his knowledge that I've received in such a special way. First, I want to transmit the value our work as artisans deserves and show this personal touch with everyone who truly wants to know it.
"I dream of one day having a gallery to exhibit my work and become a source of support for other artisans and their work."