Posts made in June, 2014

Wood Sculptors in San Antonio de Ibarra

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Wood Sculptors in San Antonio de Ibarra

Visiting a wood sculpting shop across from the central plaza in San Antonio de Ibarra was an unforgettable experience.  There were towering classically carved figures -most created for great cathedrals,  numerous sculpted works of art including human figures, angels and animals amidst the scent of cedar wood and piles of wood shavings on the workshop floor. Here we were shown the carving process from rough through successive refinements.  We were shown how the sculptors work with exact classic proportions, how repairs are made to centuries old statues, how glass eyes are made for the...

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Armando Buitron, Ecuadorian Artist

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Armando Buitron, Ecuadorian Artist

Armando Buitron is a painter and creator of embossed paper art.  A group led by myself and Diego Buitron (Armando’s brother)  visited his studio in May 2014  during an art tour through San Antonio de Ibarra. Armando teaches art in Quito, and sells his work in the famous Plaza de Ponchos in the town of Otavalo. During our visit Armando demonstrated making paper pulp which sometimes takes as long as 45 minutes of grinding the wet paper into pulp on a large stone basin. Next the pulp is rolled between two sheets of thin plastic to form sheets.  Once the sheets are made they are pressed...

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Ceramic Production Studio

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Ceramic Production Studio

Hands are never without work in San Antonio de Ibarra, a mountainside village overlooking the city of Ibarra in Ecuador’s Imbabura provence.  In May 2014 Circle on the Square teamed up with Ecuadorian painter Diego Buitron  who graciously helped us find our way through San Antonio’s roads to find places hard to discover by anyone unfamiliar with the village.  We traveled to a workshop where the artisans create pots and bakeware by hand using molds. First the clay is mined, but as we found out it is  actually not clay that is taken from the deposit areas, but large rocks that must...

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