Mexican Mother Earth releases part of herself to men and women worthy of transforming her clay to magnificent works of art...
Pablo Pajarito is one of these Master Ceramists who has chosen to create amazing museum quality works of art.Although Pablo is one of the best known ceramists in Mexico, for five generations, the Pajarito family has passed their knowledge of ceramics/pottery from father to son. Today, Master ceramist and patriarch, Nicasio Pajarito, and his sons José Isabel, Zenon, Jose de Jesus and Pablo continue the legacy of the Pajarito family.
Pablo Pajarito's pottery is made of barro canelo or cinnamon clay. It is called barro canelo because of its variation of the colors of cinnamon spice. While potters in different parts of Mexico use different methods of creating pottery, Pablo uses a style of work which is burnished and fired once. This is reminiscent of pre Hispanic pottery. The clay is found in the area surrounding the town of El Rosarito.
Pablo has achieved recognition for his ceramic pieces of art in Mexico, the United States and Europe. His works can be found in museums throughout the world. His work is recognized in notable books and magazines.
We have had the honor of meeting and becoming friends with the Pajarito family in our travels to Tonala, Mexico. Pablo and his family have welcomed us into their homes and made us feel like part of the family. Although each and everyone one of the Pajaritos (meaning small bird) is a master ceramist in his own right, they seem to forget what national treasures they are to Mexico and the world. They are humble and hospitable to whom ever visits their homes.
While enjoying a meal with Pablo, he mentioned that one day, once this generation of Pajarito brothers pass away,along with other important ceramicist families, there will be no one to take their places. His worry is that the style of barro canelo will vanish, leaving a void in this important Mexican art.
His hope and dream is that young Mexican ceramists will continue to follow in their foot steps. Young future Mexican ceramists must be encouraged and praised for their continuation of this special art called barro canelo.
Mother Earth is still willing to continue releasing her clay to those who are talented enough honor this Mexican tradition.