Participant Portfolios / Andean Highlands

Rosa María Jeréz Ruíz

ceramicist (religious sculpture), Ráquira

Rosa María Jeréz Ruíz comes from a family of potters. Although she learned traditional techniques from her mother, who supported the family with this craft, Rosa was inspired to create unique figurative and religious sculptures. She often sculpts her religious figures so that they have highland features. Rosa works in her home and sells her pieces to collectives and well-respected local vendors.

"They once said that I had rebelled because I stopped making the pots my mother used to make."

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Rosa María Jeréz Ruíz
Rosa María Jeréz Ruíz

Rosa María Jeréz Ruíz with one of her religious ceramic sculptures. Photo by Michelle Arbeit, Smithsonian Institution