Focusing on women potters who live in towns in the south-central area of the country, we seek to deeply understand the relationships between women artisans and their territories. We also hope to enrich the ways that contemporary art is taught, creating an integrated system of knowledge that includes traditional and popular approaches to ceramics within the framework of university teaching processes.
The project is organised as a combination of field work, artistic creation, documentation and teaching. During January 2020, the first fieldwork was carried out, which consisted of visiting three places well known for their ceramic traditions:
Vichuquén and Pilén (Maule region) and Quinchamalí (Ñuble region). The purpose of the visit was to meet the women who work with clay in each region, learn from their ways of life, their relationship with their surroundings and their vision regarding the pottery trade and its context.
Given the nature of this project, we hope that the results will initiate a chain of knowledge that will grow over time, rather than closing in on a definitive and defining product. Therefore, a third season is expected to enrich the research and creation processes.
We hope to be able to examine the traditional Latin American ceramic objects in the British Museum collection, in order to create an exhibition at the Museo del Barro and to carry out a pottery workshop at the Villarrica Campus of the Catholic University (in Chile).