Last week we started private classes in the ceramics studio of a local artist called Alejandro Sanchez. Alejandro’s family is from nearby Cuernavaca and has for generations produced ceramics, focusing primarily on the casting method. Alejandro himself expanded his craft over decades into every different type of ceramic, including with workshops in Japan and the USA and primarily with experimenting. His vast knowledge and gentle demeanor are a delight in the studio.
Alejandro’s studio is lit primarily with skylights that have cream colored panels that diffuse the light perfectly and tint it a lovely warm hue.
On our first day we focused on getting a feel for the clay: we learned the basics of both Mexican and Japanese clay kneeding (essential to getting the air bubbles out so that work doesn’t explode in the kiln) and then Marc focused on making a small sculpture of his Gumb Diva and I, Magda, had a blissed out solid 4 hours on the potter’s wheel.
The studio is in a large garden, and the walk to his studio from our house is an easy 20 minutes stroll on a winding mountain road through a verdant landscape. We are currently in the wet season, so everything is misty and mossy and full of life juice.