The Women Artists of Oaxaca
A slide presentation with Lois Wasserspring, author of, "Oaxacan Ceramics, Traditional Folk Art by Oaxacan Women." Some of the most famous folk artists in Mexico are women potters from Oaxaca. Despite their national and international fame as ceramists, these women still struggle to provide for their families. This talk will focus on these women artisans, the creation of their marvelous pottery, and the way in which being female affects their lives as artisans.
Mexican Folk Art Tour
Join Lois Wasserspring, Ph.D. for a tour of Rancho La Puerta’s collection.
Professor Lois Wasserspring became interested in Latin America as an undergraduate when she went to Honduras to teach literacy to adults in a project sponsored by her undergraduate institution, Cornell University. After Cornell, she went to Princeton for graduate study, where she was the first woman admitted there to study political science. She chose Mexico as the subject of her thesis research and spent three years doing research on the subject of attitudes towards authority in Mexico. She has been a visiting professor at El Colegio de Mexico and also a local consultant in social sciences for the Ford Foundation. Her recent research projects have focused on gender issues in Latin America: artisan women in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca and the impact of the Cuban Revolution on Cuban women's lives. She travels frequently to both Mexico and Cuba. In 1999, Professor Wasserspring became faculty director of the Wellesley in Costa Rica Internship Program.