Salvador Aguirre C., Tequila, Jalisco

Salvador Aguirre C.,
Tequila, Jalisco

There are five family members in Salvador Aguirre's family that work with obsidian - each has a different area of expertise. Salvador has been sculpting rainbow obsidian since he was 15 years old.

His inspiration comes from the natural beauty of this volcanic stone he shapes into incredible designs. He loves his work and says that as he labors in making a piece, "he becomes one with the stone." Before working, the stone speaks, telling him what shape it must take.

Obsidian is a naturally-occurring volcanic glass, usually black and opaque, was an important part of the material culture of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. It's harder than steel, and it fractures smoothly. By splitting it, you can create murderously sharp blades. It can be found in a wide range of colors from dark black or brown with stripes of light green or red tones. There is also the blue type which has a whole variety of beautiful tones. Carved in the form of heart is one of the most popular designs and easily allows the appreciation of the beautiful

Sculpting obsidian is not just a folk art, it is indigenous art, but was originally used for utilitarian objects by the Aztecs for their axes and knives. For the early Greeks and Egyptians, obsidian was a profitable medium of trade, not so easily available. Once artisans had shaped cutting tools from bronze, they had reason to give up obsidian.

Ocampo 5, LD 01

Tequila, Jalisco 46400

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