I am really excited to introduce you to Azulina's youngest painter, Sindy. She has been decorating ceramics for two years now, but her entire family is involved in the ceramics business in El Carmen de Viboral. We previously profiled her three aunts, Flor, Graciela and Margarita. All of whom have led the way.
Is Sindy a sign that the next generation in El Carmen is ready to take the helm and continue the century-long ceramics painting tradition?
I hope so, but the "you go, girl" in me wants her to follow her dreams, even if they don't involve ceramics.
Here is my interview with Sindy (20):
Why this career?
My aunts have been painting ceramics all their lives, and well destiny took over I guess. We've passed down the hand-painting tradition from generation to generation. I have three aunts and one cousin who also paint ceramics.
What is your background in the El Carmen ceramics-decorating tradition?
Every since I was little it's been a part of my life. One time my Aunt Flor brought us to the workshop to see how to paint the traditional brushstrokes. She has taught us how to paint in this style since I was 13. And well, as fate would have it, I started painting ceramics here two years ago.
What do you like to do for fun?
For the past eight years I have been in a band! However, lately all I do is study. In life you have to prioritize the important things and that's why I study so much now.
Wait. Tell me more about this band of yours. What kind of band was it? What did you play?
I was in the marching band, I played the cymbals. Being in the band was great. It helped me become disciplined.
Okay, so back to your studies. What are you studying and when do you graduate?
I love to study foreign languages, that is my degree. I am in my third year of college. I am studying English and French, with a focus more on French.
I would like to be a flight attendant someday or maybe move overseas to become a teacher. Through teaching language you also teach about culture. I could teach other people about our ceramics culture; to show people that with just using your hands you can create something like ceramics. That'd be really cool.
What are your hopes for the hand-painted ceramics tradition in El Carmen de Viboral?
I hope that we become world famous for our ceramics!
I hope you have a beautiful week!
Con Mucho Amor,
Founder, Azulina Ceramics