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Ceramic Nativity Scene - Born to the Amazons
Alberto Aparicio Canchari crafts an endearing nativity scene featuring the Holy Family accompanied by the Three Wise Men. They all wear the traditional costumes and facial artistry that is unique to the Ashaninka people of the Amazon Rainforest. The master ceramist draws attention to the Ashaninka cause, for they are being displaced from their homeland by loggers. The set includes a donkey and a cow too, and all figurines are painted by hand with expressive detail. Set includes eight pieces.
- 0.96 lbs
- Largest piece: 5.5 inches H x 2.9 inches W x 2 inches D
- Smallest piece: 1.9 inches H x 3.2 inches W x 3.2 inches D
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
Artisan Organization: Alberto Aparicio Canchari
Alberto Aparicio Canchari was born in Ayacucho in 1965. A dedicated ceramist, he is inspired by the customs and beliefs of Andean villages. His workshop seems inhabited by half-finished creatures, waiting for him to give them the breath of life.
"I've been a ceramist since I was a child, as my parents taught me the craft. Later, I tried to develop my own pieces with a personal style. My main purpose is giving life to my creations, and I've achieved this through the expressions of their faces, aiming to reflect daily attitudes, Peruvian country scenes, even protests ‚Äî and I'm satisfied and content. In the workshop I work full-time with my wife.
"Most of our ceramics are hand-molded, as only the weight of the hand can give the right shape. We use clay and simple tools; paints and pigments are blended together to produce the required colors, like that of the skin. All are made to resist high temperatures. The process starts from when we mold the pieces, then we paint them, fire them, and at the end, just polish them.
"I've participated in several fairs and exhibitions, winning first and third prize in the 'Inti Raymi' Contest, 1993, and the second prize in the Credit Bank Contest, 1998. I hope my art will be promoted and appreciated abroad, not only for its commercial value, but also for its cultural background.""