Ceramic and Pre-Hispanic Clay by Uxiii

As creatives, sometimes we tend to seek perfection in everything we do. My ceramic work has become that place where I can escape from perfection, where I can let myself go. Everything started as a personal need to create.

 “El barro de Ticul” is clay that comes from a community outside Merida, Yucatán, México where I’m based. The clay is like a Terracotta kind of clay, but with a very particular color and texture, I would say it is unique. It was like love at first sight. The only thing is that it was far away from perfect, It was rough, dirty, and filled with impurities. So I made my first vessel, crooked, and kind of funny looking, to me it seemed like it could walk.

The process begins by searching locations around the Península to extract the materials. The help of the native craftsmen has been essential to the development of my work, they have shared places, experiences, and techniques that inspired and showed me the traditional ceramic way. Learning about the “Kankab”, “Saclum” and “Sascab” some of the native materials has been a watershed for my work.

I usually collect the clay from the jungle without knowing the usability or functionality of it, to later take it to my ceramic studio, where I store, pulverize the stones, analyze its qualities and create new clay formulas. I wouldn’t know if my vases have any singularities that makes them special or different, however, I consider that ceramic work goes beyond the shape of a vessel, is the story behind every vessel that makes it unique. The origin, composition and the hands that make it that offer always a different result.

I like to think that my vases are a link between myself and the ground where I stand. Our work is always influenced by what we experience. The world moves so fast now with technology and capitalism that we might find ourselves with a shared feeling of wanting to slow down and sometimes creating something that not always “works”. The attributes of this particular clay led me to the exploration and investigation of the ground, analyze its chemical components, and wonder about morphology and composition of the Mayan architecture and vessels.

Interview with Eugenia Díaz Uxiii.

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