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Angel Ceron Artisan Association

Angel Ceron Artisan Association

5.0 (artist rating)

"Now that I'm retired, I can dedicate my time to my great passion – representing my pre-Hispanic cultural heritage."

UpdateSadly, we lost Angel Ceron to cancer in 2022, at the age of 69. The master artisans with whom he worked closely... Update

Sadly, we lost Angel Ceron to cancer in 2022, at the age of 69. The master artisans with whom he worked closely (Angel names them each below) today continue his impressive work, upholding his legacy as the Angel Ceron Artisan Association.

Previous Update

"I've been working hand-in-hand with you since 2003. It was my nephew, Eduardo Escamilla, who suggested this, and I found the project to be spectacular. As you may know, I'm an engineer by profession but I feel an overwhelming passion for our pre-Hispanic cultures. This is what led me to create my own representations of the deities from our past. This has been a process in which, together with my family, we've continuously perfected our designs and this is also because I love perfection.

"Thanks to all of you, I was able to become more independent and offer work to more families who assist me. Together with my nephew Eduardo, I've increased the number of designs so that our collection shows a wide range of sculptures.

"One of the most significant challenges I've had to face was my battle with cancer. Unfortunately, it's come back even more intensely, but every member of my family has always been with me. Sadly, my cancer is terminal now, and my family is always by my side.

"Today, my health prevents me from looking after each detail of my work, as I always used to. But the artisans who assist me in the workshop are some of the finest talents in Mexico."

The Angel Ceron Artisan Association is composed of Milton González, Emilio Espejel, Brian Gonzalez, Isaac Espejel, Adrian Gonzalez, Josefina Claudio, Jorge Esparza, Saul Landon, Mauricio Hernandez, Guadalupe Lopez, Magdalena Torres, and Erick Contreras. Everyone is charged with a type of sculpture and specializes in a particular technique.

Original Artisan Story

Angel Cerón comes from a family with generations of artisan experience. He learned the family ceramic techniques from his father, Antonio Cerón Orta, a renowned artisan. Angel began a long study of Mexico's pre-Hispanic cultures and learned the Nahuatl language spoken in ancient Mesoamerica.

First the proper materials must be acquired. Cerón uses clay from northern Oaxaca state, the only clay of this kind in Mexico and perhaps in the world. The unique characteristics of this yellow clay make it ideal for molding. It dries evenly and is especially hard, thus it is resistant to impact and can withstand very high temperatures.

The clay is ground in a mill, deposited in tubs of water and stirred constantly until it acquires a homogeneous consistency. This step can take hours. Left to stand for three days, it remains a thick liquid. Cerón strains it and lets it repose one more day, although during the winter this is hard work, performed in the open air. The blocks are divided into smaller portions and dried in the sun for several hours. Only a qualified artisan can determine when the clay has reached the proper consistency. Then it is kneaded by hand, much as one kneads bread dough, and again it is the skilled artisan who can tell when it is ready to be worked.

Cerón then begins to shape his sculptures, some more complex than others. The details are created totally by hand and some figures are so complicated that they are absolutely unique or part of limited editions. Each piece is modeled by hand and the artisan's talent is a crucial factor.

Once shaped, the sculptures dry as long as needed, some for as long as a week. They must dry in the shade because the clay might split and crack in the sun. Once dry, they are adorned with mineral pigments and high-fired at temperatures of up to 2,327º F for eight to twelve hours, depending on the season (the kilns are located outdoors). After firing, the pieces need to stand for six hours, cooling gradually.

Finally, they receive a bath of earth to give them their unique antique effect, which features slight cracks.

Now that I'm retired, I can dedicate my time to my great passion – representing my pre-Hispanic cultural heritage, Cerón says.
99 items

Ceramic mask, 'Aztec Duality' - Life and Death Pre-Hispanic Mask Ceramic Replica

Aztec Duality

Life and Death Pre-Hispanic Mask Ceramic Replica

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$84.99

Ceramic statuette, 'Goddess Chalchiuhtlicue' - Replica Ceramic Aztec Statuette

The Goddess of the Waters

Replica Ceramic Aztec Statuette

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$69.99

Ceramic sculpture, 'Jaguar Warrior and Huehuetl' - Museum Replica Aztec Sculpture

Jaguar Huehuetl

Museum Replica Aztec Sculpture

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$219.99

Ceramic mask, 'Jaguar Warrior' - Aztec Jaguar Warrior Mask

Jaguar Warrior

Aztec Jaguar Warrior Mask

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$74.99

Ceramic wall accent, 'Tlaloc' - Hand Crafted Wall Mask of Aztec Deity Tlaloc

Tlaloc

Hand Crafted Wall Mask of Aztec Deity Tlaloc

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$47.99

Ceramic sculpture, 'Maya Governor of Uaxactun' - Original Signed Ceramic Sculpture of Antique Maya Governor

Maya Governor of Uaxactun

Original Signed Ceramic Sculpture of...

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$119.99

Ceramic sculpture, 'Mayan Astronomer' - Hand Painted Ceramic Mayan Sculpture from Mexico

Mayan Astronomer

Hand Painted Ceramic Mayan Sculpture from Mexico

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$119.99

Ceramic mask, 'Maya Totem' - Maya-Themed Ceramic Wall Mask Crafted in Mexico

Maya Totem

Maya-Themed Ceramic Wall Mask Crafted in Mexico

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$109.99

Ceramic sculpture, 'Mighty Tlaloc' - Rustic Ceramic Sculpture of Tlaloc from Mexico

Mighty Tlaloc

Rustic Ceramic Sculpture of Tlaloc from Mexico

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$69.99

Ceramic statuette, 'Lord of the Dead' - Ceramic Statuette Vessel Day of the Dead Mexico

Lord of the Dead

Ceramic Statuette Vessel Day of the Dead Mexico

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$69.99

Ceramic sculpture, 'Aztec Sacrifice' - Aztec Skull Priest Ceramic Sculpture

Aztec Sacrifice

Aztec Skull Priest Ceramic Sculpture

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$84.99

Ceramic mask, 'Mayan Pyramid' - Hand Painted Ceramic Mayan Wall Mask from Mexico

Mayan Pyramid

Hand Painted Ceramic Mayan Wall Mask from Mexico

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$67.99

Ceramic incense holder, 'Eagle Omen' - Handcrafted Ceramic Incense Holder from Mexico

Eagle Omen

Handcrafted Ceramic Incense Holder from Mexico

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$99.99

Ceramic mask, 'Death Cult Priest' - Handcrafted Mexican Ceramic Skull Priest Mask

Death Cult Priest

Handcrafted Mexican Ceramic Skull Priest Mask

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$79.99

Ceramic decorative vase, 'Maya Urn' - Hand-Painted Folk Art Maya Ceramic Decorative Vase

Maya Urn

Hand-Painted Folk Art Maya Ceramic Decorative Vase

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$127.99

Ceramic mask, 'Maya Tzompantli' - Mexican Maya and Aztec Ceramic Skull Motif Mask

Maya Tzompantli

Mexican Maya and Aztec Ceramic Skull Motif Mask

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$107.99

Ceramic sculpture, 'Priest of Quetzalcoatl' - Signed Artisan Crafted Aztec Ceramic Sculpture from Mexico

Priest of Quetzalcoatl

Signed Artisan Crafted Aztec Ceramic...

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$79.99

Ceramic sculpture, 'Playful Xoloitzcuintli' - Ceramic sculpture

Playful Xoloitzcuintli

Ceramic sculpture

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$59.99

Ceramic plaque, 'Aztec Sunstone' - Mexico Collectible Archaeological Ceramic Calendar

Aztec Sunstone

Mexico Collectible Archaeological Ceramic Calendar

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$137.99

Ceramic mask, 'Teotihuacan Eclipse' - Polychrome Ceramic Mask from Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan Eclipse

Polychrome Ceramic Mask from Teotihuacan

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$64.99

Ceramic sculpture, 'Lord Chaac' - Maya Lord of Rain Ceramic Replica Sculpture

Lord Chaac

Maya Lord of Rain Ceramic Replica Sculpture

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$399.99

Ceramic plaque, 'Aztec Calendar in Beige' (large) - Wall Plaque Replica of the Aztec Calendar

Legacy of the Aztecs

Wall Plaque Replica of the Aztec Calendar

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$89.99

Ceramic mask, 'Prehispanic History' - Hand Painted Ceramic Mayan Mask from Mexico

Prehispanic History

Hand Painted Ceramic Mayan Mask from Mexico

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$169.99

Ceramic mask, 'Honoring Death' - Ceramic Mexican Aztec Mask with Skulls

Honoring Death

Ceramic Mexican Aztec Mask with Skulls

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$77.99

Ceramic mask, 'Jaguar Warrior Spirit' - Mexican Aztec Jaguar Warrior Ceramic Mask

Jaguar Warrior Spirit

Mexican Aztec Jaguar Warrior Ceramic Mask

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$79.99

Ceramic sculpture, 'Tlaloc Lord of Rain' - Aztec Hand Crafted Ceramic Replica Sculpture

Tlaloc Lord of Rain

Aztec Hand Crafted Ceramic Replica Sculpture

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$419.99

Ceramic plaque, 'Maya Jaguar Priest' - Maya Jaguar Priest Plaque in Ceramic

Maya Jaguar Priest

Maya Jaguar Priest Plaque in Ceramic

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$64.99

Ceramic figurine, 'Goddess Cuatlicue' (large) - Ceramic figurine (Large)

Goddess Cuatlicue

Ceramic figurine (Large)

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$87.99

Ceramic mask, 'Tajin Ball Player' - Ceramic Mexican Pre-Hispanic Ball Player Mask

Tajin Ball Player

Ceramic Mexican Pre-Hispanic Ball Player Mask

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$74.99 $59.99

Ceramic plaque, 'Mexica Calendar' - Fair Trade Ceramic Aztec Calendar

Aztec Sun Stone

Fair Trade Ceramic Aztec Calendar

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$119.99

Ceramic plaque, 'Aztec Calendar in Tan' - Mexican Ceramic Sun Stone

Sun Glory

Mexican Ceramic Sun Stone

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$49.99

Ceramic wall sculpture, 'Totonac Children' - Mexican Archaeology Ceramic Wall Sculpture

Totonac Children

Mexican Archaeology Ceramic Wall Sculpture

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$57.99

Ceramic plaque, 'Aztec Moon Goddess' - Hand Crafted Archaeological Museum Replica Ceramic Plaque

Aztec Moon Goddess

Hand Crafted Archaeological Museum Replica...

5.0
(Angel Ceron Artisan Association)
$49.99

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