Here’s a colorful collection of ceramic trees of life from Izucar de Matamoros, Mexico. As I’ve mentioned before there are several regions known for their trees of life and in every region the design, color combinations and style are different. These brightly painted trees are very typical of the little town from which they come. They come in lots of sizes, are meant to hold candles (though they don’t have to) and traditionally are used during important festivals and holidays such as Day of the Dead and Christmas. Enjoy!
Heron Martinez was a master clay artisan who lived in Acatlan, Mexico during the 1960’s and 70’s. This 3 foot tall tree of life comes from his “white period.” The tree is made of clay, then fired, then painted with a white gesso, then painted in the lively colors so characteristic of Martinez. It was purchased around 50 years ago by a woman traveling in Mexico, eventually given to her nephew in Finlayson, Minnesota. Sadly, Heron Martinez is no longer living and none of his family members have carried on the tradition.
I found it on Craigslist recently and it’s now in my collection.
I’m going to bring it in for the Grand Opening of the Zinnia Folk Arts so everyone can enjoy it. It is truly amazing!