Guevara Ceramics

Several generations of Guevara's find individual self expression in Guanajuato, Mexico.  Martin Guevara and his brother, Blas, carry on a family ceramic tradition begun by their father. Martin's son, Ernesto, has also made quite a name for himself with the work that he has done in the Guevara studio (seen at right). With local materials, the Guevaras produce both functional and sculptural pieces. 

Here are some Guevara clay techniques:

Martin mixes three local clays with water, then strains the slurry into a large holding tank. After most of the water has evaporated, the clay is wedged and either hand-built or thrown on a potters wheel.  


A bisqued vessel is sanded before painting.

Martin paints a piece with synthetic paint that his family developed, then rubs off some of the paint with a damp sponge between coats.


Two earthenware vessels by Martin. The surface of Guevara's thrown pieces are often embellished with carved or stamped motifs.


Blas Guevara paints, then sponges. 

Ernesto Guevara


Masks by Ernesto Guevara

For more information, see "Ceramics in Guanajuato, Mexico: A Look at Five Contemporary Studios," in Ceramics Monthly, March, 2003, 78-81. You may contact them (in Spanish) at:

Arte Guevara
Ladera de San Clemente #18
Guanajuato, Guanajuato
México CP 36000
Telephone from the United States: 011-52-473-73-23627

email Arte Guevara

Ceramist, Capelo
Ceramist, Angelica Escarcega Rodriguez
Ceramist, José Luis Méndez Ortega
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Jeweler, Francisco Garcia Guevara

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Web page, photographs, and text by Carol Ventura in 2001. Please look at Carol's home page to see more about crafts around the world.