Aidé Ramírez Cedillo, Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca
The mountainous region of San Jerónimo Silacayoapilla is home to Aidé Ramírez Cedillo. This is the famous Mixteca region of Oaxaca where agriculture has been the predominant way of life dating back to 1576. However, Aidé’s family has been working with barro (clay) for three generations. She considers herself a creative woman, making the ordinary something extraordinary.
Aidé’s art is a family affair. She designs and paints and her husband works the firing of her clay pieces. She uses oxides and engobes (slips) to decorate the clay and ultimately each piece is fired using wood from 750 to 800ºc.
Different shapes are one of the unique characteristics of Aidé’s work. She makes utilitarian pieces as well as sculptures and a year ago at ARIPO she won the Benito Juárez award.
The Mixtec call themselves the Ñuu Savi that means the "people of the clouds". Her workshop is called Savi. The design and elaboration of her unique barro bruñido pieces has earned her a place at Feria Maestros del Arte She is also a teacher at Casa de la Cultura de Huajuapan de Leon. She is passing on her skill to her four children.
San Jerónimo Silacayoapilla
Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca