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the clay studio mexico tour february 12-22, 2004

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The Clay Studio Mexico Tour
February 12-22, 2004
Puebla * Oaxaca * Mexico City

Dear Clay Studio friends, artists, students, and supporters,

In conjunction with Art and Soul Tours (led by Julia Zagar of Eyes
Gallery) The Clay Studio is offering a fantastic adventure deep into
the ceramic soul of Mexico. From the colonial to indigenous and back
to modern Mexico, you will be enraptured, enthralled and delightfully
entertained with the trip we have planned for you.

We will be hosted by five very special ceramists from Oaxaca. All
worked at The Clay Studio in our Guest Artist in Residence program
and are very eager to return the hospitality they received while in

The trip will begin as we dream of escape from the Northeastern
chills of the US. We fly into Mexico City and are met by Raoul, our
English speaking tour guide and our deluxe motor coach equipped with
comfortable seats and restroom. We spend two days in the Colonial
City of Puebla visiting markets, museums, pottery workshops and
touring the city that has a church for every day of the year, many
decorated with mosaic tiles.

From the city of Puebla we travel to Oaxaca, one of the richest
cultural centers of Mexico, home to the Zapotecs, Amuscas and Mayan
peoples. Here we will be hosted and will visit the home and workshops
of some of the finest craftspeople of Mexico, five of whom were guest
artists at The Clay Studio: Luis Valencia, Carlomagno Martinez,
Demitrio Aguilar, Angelica Vasques and Magdalena Martinez. They will
give demonstrations and prepare shows for us. Also we will visit the
archeological sites of Monte Alban and Mitla, visit weaving villages,
woodworking towns and see some fantastic metalsmithing. All of this
is fueled by wonderful restaruants for great food, cerulean skies and
music that fills the air. You will fall in love with Oaxaca and will
probably return again and again.

We finish our trip in Mexico City where we will visit the wonderful
areas of San Angel, visiting their Saturday market Xochimilco, the
museum of Delores Olmedo and experience the Diego Rivera murals in
the city center.

Our farewell dinner is at the incredible Hacienda de los Morales, a
16th century mansion, where we will enjoy a five course meal and
tasty margaritas surrounded by antiquities.


The trip is planned for a small group of 25 persons.
Space is limited, so reserve early to avoid disappointment.

DATES: February 12-22, 2004

TOTAL COST: $2,995
*All air fares from the northeast coast to Mexico CIty and internal flights
*Four and five star hotels
*10 breakfasts and special lunches and dinners including a farewell dinner
*English speaking guide throughout
*Entrance fees
*Air conditioned limo bus transportation
*Coctail party
$300 of your payment will be a tax-deductible contribution to The Clay Studio.
The Clay Studio is a private nonprofit organization as described in
section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

Payment schedule:
Due with Reservation: $500 due by October 31, 2003 payable to Eyes Gallery
Balance ($2,495) due November 30, 2003

For more information or to request a brochure, please email back to

Or call 215-925-3453x12 to speak to Amy Sarner Williams, Clay Studio
Executive Director

or 215-925-0193 to speak to Julia Zagar of Eyes Gallery.
Julia has extensive experience with Mexican artisans, and she travels
back and forth from the area several times a year to find wonderful
crafts and art to bring back to her legendary South Street showplace.
Her husband Isaiah Zagar, who created the enchanting mosaic hallway
at The Clay Studio, incorporates Mexican folk pottery and figures
into his works. Julia (and hopefully Isaiah) will be accompanying us
on our trip.
The Clay Studio
139 N. Second St.
Phila.,Pa 19106
ph: 215-925-3453

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