Out of the Labyrinth: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics

Main Gallery

Opening reception: Friday, September 25, 6 – 8 pm

In the United States, “Mexican ceramics” often calls to mind pre-Columbian pottery, folk ceramics such as those created in the village of Mata Ortiz, or the beautiful majolica Talavera ware and others. Out of the Labyrinth: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics will go beyond these traditional approaches. Curated by Robert Silberman, this exhibition presented the work of established figures in contemporary Mexican studio ceramics. Artists included: Gerardo AzcunagaGloria CarrascoIsadora CuellarJavier del CuetoGustavo PérezMaribel PortelaEduardo SarabiaPaloma Torres, and Xawery Wolski.

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Related Educational Events

Isadora Cuellar joined Northern Clay Center as a resident artist for the month of September, in conjunction with the exhibition. During her time with NCC, she worked in the community with schools on special projects, and creating new work for the exhibition. 

Paloma Torres joined Isadora Cuellar for a free lecture on Thursday, September 24, from 6 – 8 pm in NCC’s library. Pre-registration is encouraged, as seating is limited. Please call 612.339.8007 x 301 to secure your place.

Exhibition artist Eduardo Sarabia joined us in early November for a special, free presentation at NCC.

In conjunction with the exhibition, NCC’s ClayToGo program engaged in multiple partnerships within the community, including the Teen Outreach Program (TOPS) and the Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (GRIP) at Neighborhood House in St. Paul, the International Spanish Language Academy in Minnetonka, and Urban Arts Academy in Minneapolis. Participants visited Northern Clay Center for a guided tour of the exhibition, and participated in a workshop led by visiting artist Isadora Cuellar and a ClayToGo teaching artist, that took place at NCC and at the partnering organization’s site.

Related Resources 

Gustavo Pérez

Gustavo Pérez, artwork and information

Gustavo Pérez Mexican Ceramicist, an interview with Gustavo Pérez

Gloria Carrasco’s website: gloriacarrasco.com.mx

Paloma Torres’ website: palomatorres.com

Maribel Portela’s website: maribelportela.com

Javier del Cueto’s website: javierdelcueto.com

Isadora Cuellar’s blog: isadoracuellar.blogspot.com

Xawery Wolski’s website: xwolski.com

Eduardo Sarabia

Confronting Mexico’s Underbelly with Art, an interview with Eduardo Sarabia 

NCC Library Resources 


Art of the Aztecs by Nigel Cawthorne


Ceramic Trees of Life: Popular Art from Mexico by Lenore Hoag Mulryan

NK4031.M849 2003

Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico by Jorge Enciso

F1219.3A7 E53

La Ceramic en la Escultura/Clay Sculpture by Graciela Kartofel (in Spanish and English); contains information about five of the artists featured in Out of the Labyrinth: Gerardo Azcúnaga, Javier del Cueto, Gustavo Pérez, Maribel Portela, and Paloma Torres

NK4033.K50 2002 NCC

The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz by Susan Lowell, Jim Hils, Jorge Quintana Rodriquez, Walter Parks, and Michael Wisner


Oaxacan Ceramics: Traditional Folk Art by Oaxacan Women by Lois Wasserspring

NK4032.019 W37 2000 


Pottery of Mexico, Vol. I: Pineapples of Patamban and San Jose de Gracia by Lisa Orr and Troy Lanier

VD 167

Potter of Mexico, Vol. II: Trees of Life by Lisa Orr and Troy Lanier

VD 211–>