Ceramics with Camila
  • Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 20 hours over 5 days

Ceramics with Camila

Experience Guadalajara’s emerging arts and culture as you dive into ceramic arts with Mexican artist Camila. Learn how to create ceramic pieces that combine craft and self-inquiry, using various techniques like wheel throwing, hand building, and glazing – with the city’s long-standing pottery tradition for inspiration.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea

Pricing

One Guest
USD $915
Additional guest(s) (max 2)
USD $330

Meet the Artist

Camila is a Mexican ceramic artist who creates sculptural, functional, and experimental art pieces. Her work lies at the intersection of craft and self-inquiry. She finds that working with her hands allows inner landscapes to become more visible and deep unconscious processes to arise. “Presence, silence, and contemplation are readily available through clay, be it with the pottery wheel, coil building, or other techniques”, she says.

Her process is nonlinear, full of references and associations: looking at nature, at different kinds of art (especially photography and sculpture), working with her body through dance and other somatic practices, and deep listening. These references guide her to choose the right material, followed by extensive experimentation and ceramic research to develop the right building techniques and finishes.

Besides ceramics, she looks forward to the cultural exchange and sharing the vast possibilities that the city offers in terms of culture, nature, and fun.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Introduction to different clay bodies and ceramic methods.
  • Concept development through reflection and creative exercises.
  • Preparing clay and other materials.
  • Handbuilding techniques such as slab, pinch and coil.
  • Throwing clay on a potters wheel.
  • Sculpting and surface detailing.
  • Kiln firing and glazing techniques. If kiln can not be fired before the end of session, you can glaze your pieces and once fired can be shipped for an additional fee. There's also the option to work with special glazes for an additional fee.
  • A visit to Tonalá or Tlaquepaque to see local pottery tradition and other craft makers.
  • A visit to other local studios.
  • If desired and time permits, you can engage in an array of wonderful local activities with Camila to enrich your experience including a walk in the forest, visit to the museum, ambient concert, meditation sessions.

Explore Guadalajara

The birthplace of mariachi music, Guadalajara is Mexico’s second-largest city and home to hundreds of years of architectural heritage. At the same time, it’s undergoing a cultural renaissance, becoming a place for emergent art forms, drawing artists, designers, and chefs from around the world.

It is the hub of a longstanding pottery tradition in nearby areas like Tonalá and Tlaquepaque. With the rise of ceramics, Guadalajara has captured the imagination for different explorations with this artform, from contemporary to more artisanal and crafty works.

Guadalajara’s location, close to the town of Tequila and just a few hours from some of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches, makes it a perfect point of departure for a longer vacation.

Additional Details

Guadalajara is beautiful year round to visit. December, January and February tend to have less cultural activities. And, summer tends to be very rainy so things take longer to dry. It is still a good season, just keep in mind that your pieces might take longer to dry which might impact the firing dates.

This VAWAA cannot be extended in duration.

You must be ready to do a lot of physical work, should not have back injuries, and be able to handle at least 20kg of weight.

This session is not ideal for kids, however it can be adapted for elderly and people in wheelchairs. Please specify special needs in the booking request because some objects and materials in the studio can be dangerous.

Camila speaks Spanish and English.
Camila's Availability 5 days