Buying local crafts can be a good choice for a gift. In Cuba, craftmanship has a very solid trajectory. Artistic ceramics have gained space within visual production, while the more commercial aspect also reaches high aesthetic and utilitarian values. A Cuban artisan guide will guide you through the potter's kilns of the city. With her, you will learn about artistic projects that range from urban communities to artisan workshops in order to get an inside look at the techniques of artisanal production. Artistic and quality crafts that should be in your luggage back home, and that go beyond the typical wooden souvenirs cluttered in tourist shops in Cuba.
The emergence of contemporary Cuban ceramics can be set around the 40s of the twentieth century, when two doctors called Ramírez Corría and Rodríguez de la Cruz acquired an old workshop of utilitarian objects in Santiago de las Vegas for the artistic production of ceramics.
By 1950, the production of artistic ceramics in Cuba was officially standarized, when Rodríguez de la Cruz invited renowned Cuban painters - Amelia Peláez, Wifredo Lam, René Portocarrero and Mariano Rodríguez - to decorate vessels made by experienced craftsmen under his guidance. In this way, contemporary Cuban pottery was born, becoming much more important and relevant in recent times.
The route begins with the visit to the José Fuster's Casa-Estudio, in Jaimanitas. There we will discover the masterpiece of the Cuban potter, cartoonist, painter and engraver José Antonio Rodríguez Fuster. This potter has created “Fusterlandia”, a creative project in which for 25 years he has replicated the facades of more than 80 buildings. We will walk through a kind of Cuban-like absolutely fascinating Parc Güell. Wandering around its quiet streets will be a surreal and psychedelic experience. There, we can meet the so-called Cuban Gaudí; we will enter his main temple, the patriarch's house, a four-storey building full of all kinds of murals and sculptures. We will know the picturesque universe of Fuster: virgins, flags of Cuba, palm trees, animals and human figures such as the Picassian-faced man who crowns the roof of his house with opened arms .
Later we will move to the personal studio of one of the great sculptors, muralists and painters of the contemporary Cuban artistic scene. We are talking about Beatriz Sala Santacana, also a self-taught potter, a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba. At her Taller de Beatriz Sala Santacana, which works as an organic extension of her very own creative spirit, we can talk directly with the artist and learn about her career. There she works on several materials, from metal sculptures to paintings on canvas, with ceramics being the main element of his work. The main elements of this studio are the textures and colors, open spaces, natural light and the nobility of mud, which turn the place into an ideal space to verify how ceramics have gained relevance within the Cuban artistic scene, having moved from a minor manifestation to a prevailing artistic discipline.
Next stop will be David Velázquez Torres' studio, a young potter, whi is already settled in the Cuban ceramics scene. Son of the renowned Cuban potter Fernando Velázquez Vigil, working with the mud was something that David saw daily in his father's workshop. So this visit to his workshop let us know about how a family of potters have kept the job of working with mud as a legacy. From David's hand we will know not only about his family history, but also about his creative style, marked by the link between ceramics and painting. The artist makes the most of this fruitful feedback between one and the other to create pieces from a militant and highly questioning position.
After the visit to the artists' workshops, you will go to one of the most important institutions regarding artisan heritage, Museo de la CerámicaHere, you will have the opportunity to see the most relevant pieces of ceramics since the 50s, all together. You will tour the museum accompanied by your guide, who will explain the featured pieces, and styles the institution hosts. We will enjoy a space where glasses, plates, setups, sculptures, artistic and utilitarian elements coexist in harmony, attesting how the work with the mud has developed on the island.
If you want to treat yourself with some craft, Feria de Artesanía San José closes our tour. Its halls, full of crafts, are the ideal space to buy so far. In addition, its strategic location, built on a pier, on the shore of the Habana bay, allows us enjoy espectacular views. There, we can acquire canvases of new painters, reproductions of Cuban landscapes, historical and contemporary photographs, sculptures, clothes and embroidery, gold works, Afro-Cuban items, leather crafts or typical Cuban hats. Then, it will be the ideal time to taste a very cold beer at the brewery Puerto de La Habana, located on the pier, right next to the fair, enjoying a beautiful view of Habana Bay.
During the tour, do not miss to visit:
For lunch, we will stop at a "paladar" in the historic center, where you can taste excellent traditional Cuban fusion food.
All private field trips and city tours can be modified and adapted to the client's needs.
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