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Latin American Festival/Mata Ortiz Pottery Market

4133 Taylor St
San Diego, CA 92110

Region: Mission Valley and Old Town
Date: July 31 - August 2, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Festival ends early on Sunday, at 5:00 PM.

Price: Free Admission
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Bazaar del Mundo Shops annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market returns to Old Town with a weekend of folk art, food, entertainment and San Diego's largest collection of authentic Mata Ortiz pottery. Shoppers will also find a vast array of artisan jewelry, vibrant Mexican clothing and colorful collectibles.

The lively marketplace ensconced beneath a colorful array of elaborately decorated handmade booths and umbrellas with artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador and other Latin American countries, showcases one of the most extensive collections of genuine Latin American folk art, traditional clothing and textiles, colorful collectibles and dazzling jewelry this side of the border.

Mata Ortiz pottery, based on a centuries-old art form renowned for its detailed process and hand-painted geometric and ancestral symbols, will be the highlight of the event with several skilled potters showcasing their wares, including returning artist Jorge Quintana - a principal Mata Ortiz artist whose work has been displayed in museums all over the world.

Live demonstrations will be performed for eager festival-goers, as artists hack away at wooden stumps to reveal life-like animal figures, weave hand-pulled wool into intricate textiles and skillfully paint delicate designs onto hand-formed clay pots.

Other traditional crafts and sought-after handmade goods include: San Antonino embroidery, tinwork, Talavera pottery, Oaxacan wooden animal carvings, Guatemalan weaving, various colorful and symbolic wall art and sculptures, Huichol yarn and bead paintings and one-of-a-kind pottery from the farthest regions of Mexico.

Some of this year's new artists include:

  • David Linares: Creator of fantastical paper mache alebrijes and grandson of the craft's originator, Pedro Linares
  • Pedro Montaño: Oaxacan weaver from Teotitlan del Valle to showcase marvelous wool rugs and runners
  • Gabriela Sanchez Arias: Silver Mexican jewelry artist

TINKU, a Latin American folk band, will perform over 19 musical rhythms from throughout Latin America on authentic native instruments. Mouth-watering Mexican cuisine from neighboring Casa Guadalajara restaurant will be for sale, completing the cultural aesthetic, making visitors feel as though they've stepped into one of Mexico's rural markets.

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