In search of Barro Bruñido on the shores of Lake Cajititlan

Artisans barro brunido

This week, The Desert Gypsy's store manager, JoAnne, was in Mexico helping me find pieces to put in the store. It's such a joy to have a like-minded person helping me with what I call, "la busqueda" or the search. This little roadtrip outside of Guadalajara took us to the village of San Juan Evangelista on the shores of Lake Cajititlan in search of "Barro Bruñido" or burnished clay. I've purchased some gorgeous pieces on previous trips here from Martin Ibarra who is one of the "Maestros de Arte en Mexico". Martin (below) has established quite a following for his beautiful renditions of the Virgin Mary.
Martin Ibarra in his Workshop
This trip, however, we were looking for the workshop of a "not-so-famous" artist named Herme Basulto. I had met him at an art show and he invited me to come by to see his "taller" and his work. After quite a bit of bumping around the village asking neighbors who knew other neighbors who might know him, we were led to Herme's house by one of his competitors who was displaying his pieces on the side of the road.

I love the spirit of "sharing the wealth" here. I made a mental note to pick up a few pieces from this fellow, who sold mostly pots, on our next trip.

Here are photos of Herme and his charming wife, Graciela, creating some of the gorgeous hand-burnished pieces of art that we purchased for the store this trip.

We picked up a few plates and crosses and ordered some pots and lamp bases.

We can't wait to show off this great artist's work in our store!


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