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NAÏVE POTTERY, UNIQUE TO CONSUELO RENDÓN
The cream-colored plates, platters and bowls are immediately recognizable and authentically made by only one artista in the tiny village of Tzintzuntzan the joyful and industrious Consuelo Rendón. Although this style is known as "blanco y negro", the distinctive pottery is a wonderful earthy brown rendition of farmers, fishermen, suns and mermaids afloat on a creamy background.
The life of Consuelo and her family is well-documented by over 50 years of research by UC Berkley anthropologist, George M. Foster. In the book resulting from his research, Empire's Children: The People of Tzintzuntzan, Consuelo's entire growing-up was documented in detail as one of 12 families focused upon in this intense anthropological study. It is a photograph in this book that captures the time when Consuelo first remembers making clay by her mother's side the famous Natividad Peña. Consuelo was eight years old over fifty years ago.
Pieces for firing are carefully placed inside with pottery shards layered between. All firing is done with pine scrap wood which tells of Consuelo's experience in knowing how hot, how long, and how to carefully cool the pottery once fired.
On sunny days, you will always find Consuelo patiently watching over her wares in the plaza outside of the Templos near the straw market. Each piece rides to the plazita in a wheelbarrow, then home again at the end of the day.
But Day of the Dead approaches, and she anticipates many sales to tourists from her puesto in the special market at the foot of the pyramids. These are the good days in Tzintzuntzan when all the world comes to this tiny village and tiny cemetery to marvel at the graves. And we will be there too to enjoy our ponche, "CON!", with Consuelo. "Con" meaning please add some cane alcohol (chiranda) to my hot punch!
The work of Consuelo Rendón is irresistible in its naivety, and as a unique pottery style only found in this casa de Tzintzuntzan.