Maximino Gómez Ponce
Being a third generation artisan growing up in the La Luz neighborhood of Puebla, it has allowed Maximino to hone in on his traditional technique of producing ceramics. Maximino, like those before him, is quite eager to spread his knowledge of the art form onto others, specifically his nephew who already works alongside him in his workshop.His pieces range from, vessels for mole, rice, and tortillas, to pots, and miniatures. He also makes ofrendas, offerings, for the Day of the Dead ceremony every year.
To begin each piece he mixes various portions of dried clays, grinds them in a mill, and then sieves out the impurities; water is then added to the mixture, and kneaded to the correct consistency. The large portion of clay not in immediate use is wrapped in plastic.
He then employs his own handmade molds or a wooden potter’s wheel. Once formed, they are set to dry in the shade; moved to the sun later on in the drying process. Once dry they are placed in a brick kiln to fire. They are allowed a gracious time to cool, and a glaze called greta is applied. A second firing occurs to finally finish the piece.