Mexican pottery artist, Gorky González, passes away at 78

González remains a famed ceramist responsible for preserving traditional majolica pottery from Guanajuato
Gorky González in an interview for EL UNIVERSAL in 2012- Photo: Archive / EL UNIVERSAL
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
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Mexican ceramist, and 1992 National Arts Prize recipient, Gorky González, passed away early yesterday at age 78 in Guanajuato. A native of Morelia, Michoacán, González came to prominence for his recovery of the traditional majolica pottery technique from Guanajuato in the early seventies.

Majolica or maiolica, is a decorative technique of tin-glazed pottery, where potters paint their designs over a brilliant white and opaque surface. This technique dates from the Italian Renaissance and became popular during the Spanish Viceroyalty in Mexico, from 1521 to 1810, before its decline in the early 19th century.

Gorky González received a scholarship, to perfect the pottery techniques he acquired in the state of Guanajuato, to study in Tokyo with Tsuji Seimei and later in Bizen, Japan, with famed ceramist and Japan’s National Treasure, Kei Fujiwara.

In 1967, González came back to Mexico and opened hisTraditional Pottery Workshop in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. His work has been widely exhibited worldwide and is distributed in Mexico and various cities of the U.S.

Mexican Culture authorities expressed their condolences via their twitter accounts:

“I regret the death of ceramist Gorky González, National Arts Prize recipient. My sympathies to his bereaved and to the artisans of Mexico”,  "Gorky my dear friend since the seventies. I deeply regret his death. He was an extraordinay ceramist. Creative, curious, innovative", tweeted the recently appointed Minister of Culture, María Cristina García Cepeda.

For his part, the Minister of Culture from Mexico City, Eduardo Vázquez Martín, tweeted “With sadness we bid farewell to master Gorky González, who dedicated his life to the rescue of the cultural and historical value of the majolica pottery technique”.

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