Colombia

Participant Portfolios / Andean Highlands

Guillermo Bautista Espitia

ceramicist, RÁquira

Guillermo Bautista makes traditional Ráquira ceramics using a pottery wheel. In the Chibcha language, Ráquira means the “City of Pots.” The region continues to be famous for its ceramics, and potters are known for their miniature good luck pigs, horses, and everyday ware.

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Guillermo Bautista Espitia
Guillermo Bautista Espitia

Guillermo Bautista Espitia admires his pottery.
Photo by Walter Larrimore, Smithsonian Institution