(article) Gallery Exhibit: Celebrating the Ceramic Art of Jalisco


Austin Friends of Folk Art and Texas Folklife Present:
"Celebrating the Ceramic Art of Jalisco: Tonalá, Tlaquepaque, El Rosario and Santa Cruz de las Huertas" 
 
Known for its compelling art in many creative disciplines, the Mexican state of Jalisco is internationally famous for the wide variety of maestros in clay and other mediums.  Harold Liebowitz as curator of this exhibit, will highlight the artistic gems of this western state of Mexico.  The ceramic art of Jalisco, particularly that of Tonalá has a distinguished history going back to colonial times.  This exhibit dedicated to the art of Jalisco focuses exclusively on the art of these villages from the mid twentieth century until today.

In spite of the proximity of the towns to one another their art differs in technique, style and focus. Tonalá is and was most reputed for painted and burnished pottery. Tlaquepaque, is noted particularly for its figurines.  El Rosario, close to Tonalá is reputed for its Cinnamon Ware, so called because of the rich brown colors with which the pottery is decorated.  And Santa Cruz de las Huertas is noted for its Barro Betus, a technique in which the clay is bathed in  a pine resin oil prior to firing, providing the objects with their brilliant shine.  This technique gives the name to the pottery of this type,  and provides the objects with their brilliant shine out of which toys and figurines are made.
 
The objects represented in the exhibition are from the Collections of Ed Jordan, Polly and Don Johnson, Judy and Harold Liebowitz and Gloria Pennington.
 
Parking Information:
Parking is available in Texas Folklife's gravel driveway, on street immediately in front of building, and Asterra Properties (located next door). Overflow parking available at Recycled Reads (5335 Burnet Rd). Please use spaces in the back or on the south side of the Recycled Reads building.

This exhibit was made possible in part by support from the board and members of Texas Folklife, The Texas Commission on the Arts with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.  Exhibit collection curated by Harold Liebowitz, installation by Rebecca Bingman.

Exhibit will be on display at the Texas Folklife gallery until mid April 2018

Texas Folklife Gallery hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, and by appointment. Contact Texas Folklife at 512-441-9255 or email info@texasfolklife.org(link sends e-mail) for more information.