National Prize Delivery of Arts and Sciences 2011
The President of Mexico Felipe Calderon Hinojosa presented the National Science and Arts Award 2011 to a group of pottery people from San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca, who won the award in the Arts and Popular Traditions; he also delivered other awards to distinguished intellectuals, artists and scientist of the country.
The event was held last Monday afternoon in the Adolfo López Mateos room at the official residence of Los Pinos; the Chief of State recognized the creativity and ingenuity of Oaxacan artist when they use their craft to translate the culture of people from Oaxaca
“The Oaxaca pottery is the pottery of Mexico,” said the President to refer to the style in which the artisans of Oaxaca develop their parts and because they preserve ancient techniques in their production.
He noted that the handicrafts from Oaxaca are internationally renowned for the beauty of their designs, while congratulating the popular creators to innovate and design crafts that encompass the wealth of the entity.
The National Science and Arts Award 2011 is the highest award granted by the Mexican government. These awards consist of a diploma, gold medal and a pin, and a quantity of cash.
The President also acknowledged the contribution made by artists from Oaxaca to strengthen traditional and popular expressions, as well as the interest of Governor Gabino Cue Monteagudo to boost creativity, encourage and promote folk art.
MAGIC HANDS FROM SAN BARTOLO COYOTEPEC
This town is in the Central Valleys, in Zapoteco means “The hill of the coyote”. It is located 15 kilometers from the capital of Oaxaca. It is characterized as unique in the world because a high percentage of its population is engaged in the production of black pottery, pre-Hispanic occupation dating from ancient times, and by virtue of this knowledge and to develop practical and utilitarian pottery ornamental, and there are craftsmen who produce parts for aesthetic purposes.