Juan Jorge Wilmot Mason
Blending his love for nature and travel with his extensive traditional studies within the Black Forest of Germany and Basel, Switzerland; Mason’s Sassanian masterpieces were at center stage in Jalisco around 1995. The ancient design he was recreating had never been meddled with before, dating back to 2000 B.C. people were taken-aback by the craftsmanship
Around forty years he opened his own workshop, in which various artisans work; bringing to life immaculate mosaics, dish ware, vases, figurines, jewelry, etc. Tying together his clay work with an incorporation of metal laminates, ironwork, and even blown glass. Mason’s approach that art should be practiced as an occupation of constant bettering, completed only with absolute love and dedication, shows through in all of his works of art.
Mason acquires clay from local vendors in varying proportions and colors, as well as, arcilla, a special clay mixture. It is prepared traditionally: dried, grinded and sieved, mixing various colored powder, wetting the mixture, and sealing to allow “decay”. Pieces are then placed in molds and thickness is made uniform throughout, then set out to air dry. Appendages are added on later, then they are fired. Pieces are then burnished, and enamels are affixed to add smooth shine, they are then fired at temperatures around 1200°C to finish.