In Paraguay, mothers pass onto their daughters—and they in turn to theirs—the secrets of clay and beautiful forms created by hand. Juana Marta Rodas and her daughter Julia Isidrez are two of the most renowned contemporary ceramicists in Latin America. Their art marries the Guarani tradition with Jesuit in uences from colonization. Juana Marta Rodas and Julia Isidrez have both developed an original style and personal language. Although they come from the same repertoire of techniques and traditions inherited from their ancestors, their ceramics introduce unexpected zoomorphic traits and rounded contours that move the works away from utilitarian function, turning them into genuine pieces of sculpture.


  • Title: Ceramic Sculptures
  • Creator: Juana Marta Rodas
  • Location: 1993
  • Physical Dimensions: variable dimensions
  • Provenance: Acquisition 2013
  • Rights: © Juana Marta Rodas. Courtesy Fredi Casco et Fernando Allen
  • Medium: Enameled ceramic

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