Tinsmithing in Guanajuato, Mexico

Tinsmithing is a general term used for working sheet metal. Besides tin, craftsmen in the state of Guanajuato also use copper and brass.  Jaime Salazar directs Grupo Artesa (a tinsmithing business) and teaches tinsmithing at the Escuela de Bellas Artes "El Nigromante" in San Miguel de Allende. The mask below was made by his late brother and the patterns are from Jaime's class.

Jaime Salazar

Tin mask

These patterns are used to lay out projects.


stamping tin

stamping copper

Ramon Suarez Aguayo soldering a brass lamp


For more information about tinsmithing or to order these lamps, or a variety of other products, please contact (in Spanish):

Ramon Suarez Aguayo, Director
Taller de Artesanias "Suarte"
Casa Museo "Gene Byron"
Marfil, Guanajuato

Telephone from the United States: 011-52-473-73-31029

Ceramist, Capelo
Ceramist, Angelica Escarcega Rodriguez
Ceramist, José Luis Méndez Ortega
Guevara Ceramics
Tecpatl Ceramics
Cane baskets
Jeweler, Francisco Garcia Guevara
ARTCERA wax figures of Salamanca, Guanajuato
Betancourt Icons of Celaya, Guanajuato
Gobelin tapestry weaving in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato
Ikat foot-loom woven shawls of Moroleon and Uriangato, Guanajuato
Papermaker, Margarita Orozco Ramirez, of San Miguel, Guanajuato
Wood carver, Fernando Giron Pantoja, of Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato

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.