Feliciana Gómez Bautista,
Amatenango del Valle, Chiapas
Feliciana Gómez Bautista is from Amatenango del Valle, Chiapas and she works with clay gathered from the earth close to where she lives. The village is a Maya Tzeltal-speaking community located on the Pan American Highway near San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. Amatenango is known as “The Chiapas Capital of Pottery” where local women artisans display and sell their works under covered arches along the side of the highway to passing motorists or from their homes/workshops in the village. The skills necessary to produce the unique pottery of Amatenango have historically been passed down from mother to daughter over the generations.
It is the women of Amatenango who make the pottery for which the village is famed while the men follow traditional agricultural pursuits. although they may help
the women paint the finished product. Feliciana was very young when she first began playing with the lay and like so many artists from this village, she was taught by her mother.
Feliciana is very proud of her work because every piece she creates brings her great joy. Her bowls are outstanding and one of these creations has garnered a first place in a concurso (judged art show).
Calle Benito Juárez S/N,
29430 Amatenango del Valle del Valle