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Veronica Castillo

Tradition: Ceramics and Comida Casera


Veronica Castillo is a ceramic artist who crafts exquisitely detailed, brightly colored folk art objects using centuries-old methods and symbols. She is a member of the honored Castillo Orta folk art family of Izucar de Matamoros in Puebla, Mexico, renowned for its tree of life candelabras.

Politically aware and active, she incorporates many current social issues into her tree of life sculptures. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious NEA National Heritage Fellowship for her extraordinary work. Veronica Castillo has taught over 200 women of the Casita de Mujer Artes Cooperative in San Antonio, Texas, to shape clay by hand since 1994.