This month we introduce you to the Aguilar sisters, figurative ceramists of Oaxaca, Mexico who, in collaboration with FOFA board member, Cynthia Weill, recently published a children's book entitled Count me in! Mexican Folk Art Numbers in English and Spanish.
For their book, the sisters chose to depict the dancers, musicians, and townspeople who parade through Oaxaca prior to the annual Guelaguetza festival.
In 2012, in collaboration with figurative ceramists, the Aguilar sisters of Oaxaca, Mexico, FOFA board member, Cynthia Weill, recently published a children's book entitled Count me in! Mexican Folk Art Numbers in English and Spanish (Cinco Puntos Press 2012).
This was Weill's fourth book using Oaxacan folk art to depict basic concepts for young children. The Aguilar sisters, apart from being Mexico's most beloved female folk artisans are considered "Great Masters of Oaxacan and Mexican Folk Art" (Fernández de Calderón 1996, 2012). Their humorous figures depicting the people of their town and state of Oaxaca are in museum and gallery collections the world over.
The Aguilars, busy with their own careers and families, have never before collaborated on a project. They were enticed into making time for the project by the opportunity to dedicate the book to their beloved mother, Isaura Alcántara Diaz. The women remember their mother with great reverence and credit her with teaching them to work in clay and leaving them a beautiful legacy.