Visit VanDusen Botanical Garden and spend time with Carlomagno as he demonstrates to the class. Each participant will receive materials to carve a small figure from clay using some of his techniques. For those who do not speak Spanish, you will have an opportunity to ask Carlomagno questions through an interpreter. This class is for ceramic artists of all skill levels and an opportunity to spend time with a master ceramicist.
Carlomagno Pedro Martínez
is a Mexican ceramic artist from San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, a Zapotec town famous for producing barro negro, polished black pottery. Carlomagno comes from a long line of ceramic artists and as a young child, began molding clay figures, and received formal artistic training at the Rufino Tamayo Workshop at the age of 18. Carlomagno insists on crafting work completely by hand so each piece is unique. After modeling, the piece is left to dry, then fired in a sealed underground oven, which limits the oxygen and allows the black color to develop.
Carlomagno is the director of MEAPO, the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca in San Bartolo Coyotepec, a museum dedicated to the handcrafts of the state of Oaxaca.