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Potter Ken Edwards Visits Us
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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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Dec. 10, 2007 – Before Ken Edwards returned to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, which is now his home base, he and Joel Godinez came out to our place for lunch and lots of talk about websites, blogs, pottery, and such. This went on in a lively mix of English and Spanish, with Ken’s, Joel’s, and my laptops spread across a long worktable we have.

Here Ken is describing a good way to take a picture of several people — to get one to point at something all are looking at. I like having a picture of Ken with his pottery in use on the table in front of him! (We’re on our front porch here, which is why there are bars on the window behind us.)

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That photo doesn’t do justice to Joel’s good looks, so here is another:

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Joel is like a son to Ken, running the factory here in Mexico, and an extremely fine artist in his own right. He showed Kelly and me some photos of him with President Calderon, where he was receiving an award a couple of months ago, for a gorgeous pot he had created. He came in third in all of Mexico in a competition of thousands of potters. When he gets more details up on his blog, I will link to it.

4 Comments from the old blog:
  • At December 13, 2007 1:38 PM,  Anonymous said…

    I discovered your blog a few months ago, and have enjoyed it greatly. I lived in Tlaquepaque, Tonala, Chapala and Ajijic in the 1970s as a teenager. It was the most wonderful experience a teen could have. We lived next to Ken Edwards in Tlaquepaque (on Madero). In another of your blogs, you mention DH Lawrence’s former house in Chapala. We lived in that house well before it became a bed and breakfast. Keep the memories coming! Thanks – Jennifer

  • At December 13, 2007 4:29 PM,  Rosana Hart said…

    Jennifer, on the chance that you come back here, I’d love to post any memories you’d care to write up!
    Rosana

  • At January 23, 2008 9:39 PM,  amy said…

    I am a huge fan of Ken Edwards work. Were in Mexico is his work produced and do they allow visitors? I would love too!

  • At January 23, 2008 10:28 PM,  Rosana Hart said…

    Amy, the factory and store I know about are in Tonala, just on the edge of Gaudalajara. The store is open for business regular business hours. I don’t have the street address or hours handy but google ken edwards tonala, and you should be able to find them. BTW, in the US, you can get a lot of Ken Edwards pottery on eBay.

One Response to “Potter Ken Edwards Visits Us”


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    Ken Edwards says:

    Hi Rosana. Long time no see. Aug. 30 2019

    Well, guess what! I am Ken Edwards and I am still alive! I am 94 years old going on 95 and I still live here in San Antonio Palopo under the big Stoneware shop upstairs and also in Tonala. I am going to Tonala next month. I tire easily and I don’t get much work done anymore but I can still clump around the 20 Mayan stoneware shop upstairs and I manage to visit the other three ceramic shops scattered around town from time to time.

    We hire about seventy stoneware artists among the four shops.

    We keep designing new shapes and we keep expanding. This is one of the most creative periods of my life. Actually the Mayan Artists do almost all of the creating but, what the hell! I taught “em and I can still take the credit!

    I gave everything away to my Mayan buddies several years ago but they take very good care of me and I am enjoying one of the happiest periods of my life.

    The industrial revolution has finally hit Mexico and has driven most Mexican artisans out of business. Our shop up in Tonala is still going but is down to only about ten artists. We are still the best in Mexico but mostly we stay alive with prize money.

    There is something really weird here about this Mayan culture I live in. They are very creative and inventive, much more so than the Ladinos. They are very, very smart, Brilliant! That can be a problem some times because a few of them are smarter than I am! (I speak here of their natural IQ that they were born with.) But they are not aggressive like Europeans and American. They are passive like Buddhists. Strange.

    So how can you cope with people who are smarter than you are? Easy, I am an ex-world war 2 soldier and I can still yell louder than they can.

    Much love Ken

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