A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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Last week, we went to Tonala to meet Ken Edwards, famous for the stoneware pottery that his various businesses have created here in Mexico for many decades. At first, Kelly and I heard the story of how Ken Edwards got started in stoneware in Mexico — the link takes you to that blog post, with an 11-minute mp3 file of part of the interview.

kenedwards-fabrica5After we talked, we went next door to the factory and Ken showed us around. It was evident what good relationships he had with the workers. He goes back decades with many of them.

Here, he stands in front of one of the kilns. Unfortunately, I’ve forgotten the details of what was unique about this particular kiln, but he had invented some aspect of it! Everything they do is reduction stoneware.

kenedwards-fabrica4The shelves (and parts of the floor) were full of pots that had been fired but not yet glazed.

The men who paint the charming designs on the pottery work together; there were about six of them.

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They hold their brushes in what we would consider an upside-down position, which Ken had discovered actually works better for accuracy!

Here is one of the large stoneware pots soon to be fired again.

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4 Responses to “At the Ken Edwards Factory in Tonala”

  • Janet Patterson says:

    Hello, I have an odd shaped vase from Ken Edwards but it wasn’t signed on the bottom, only a sticker…it’s from the late 80’s early 90’s…I know it’s his because my father bought 3 pieces from him. My question is…Is there anywhere in the artwork that may have his signature?

    Thanks for your help, Janet

  • Rosana says:

    Sorry, I really don’t know.

  • Cathy says:

    On all his pottery the signature is on the bottom. I know because I used to work for Victor Lepe who was an associate of Ken Edwards. His pottery was sold not only in Tonala but also in Tlaquepaque.

  • Lisa Mull says:

    Does anyone know which of the drawings is his individual “signature”? That is, cat, bird, scorpion, etc, each designate a particular potter who worked for KE. I have so many of his pieces, many from the 70’s when I lived there, but I’ve forgotten now (and of course, I was sure then that I’d remember everything!).

    Thanks!

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