I photographed this famous potter at his studio in Ocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, a town noted for its handcrafts. Even in his blindness he creates life size sculptures out of clay and his work is in very high demand. García Antonio is best known for his large-scale works, especially those of mermaids, which are covered in decorative elements and generally accompanied by a sun, moon and/or stars. He also creates robust female images dressed in traditional clothing and with facial features of Zapotec women and women from the Tehuantepec region of Oaxaca. Many of these are based on this own wife, and even include her beauty mark.
January 20th, 2015
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