I just ordered my taxi and will soon be en route to El Carmen (via Medellín) to visit the factory and check in on the progress of several new designs that we will be introducing later this year. I'll be sharing some sneak peeks on Instagram so be sure to follow us!
Remember the artisan spotlight series we started last summer?? After multiple requests to keep the goodness coming, we are back with another interview. This time I sat down with the lovely and incredibly skilled Margarita. She always has a smile on her face and was a joy to sit down and talk to.
Where are you from? And how long have you been painting ceramics?
I'm from here (El Carmen de Viboral) and I've been painting for 15 years. I worked for 12 years at the now closed Continental factory and then took a break. I came back to work here, where I have been for just three years now.
What brought you back to the business?
I was tired of being at home and this opportunity was presented to me.
Why do you like painting?
It is fun for me, I like it. It helps me de-stress. You can play with color and the different forms. Even though we have established patterns, on occasion we can create new designs and play around a bit.
How do you feel knowing that the ceramics you are painting right now are going to be in the home of someone in the US?
It's very satisfying to create something that someone else is going to display in their home or on their table. For me, it's a great source of pride to know that the work we are doing here is arriving to other places around the world.
What is your favorite Azulina pattern?
My favorite pattern to paint is Lima. <<she smiles shyly>> In fact, it is also the pattern I would choose to have in my home.
If you have any other requests or curiosities that would make for a fun blog post don't hesitate to write us and let us know! We are always looking for ways to share more about the great people and cool details behind the scenes here at Azulina.
Have a wonderful Easter week!
Con Mucho Amor,
Founder, Azulina Ceramics