Artesania Rinconada

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Internationally known for it’s unique personality, character and originality,
the Artesania Rinconada Collection is is truly one of the finest examples of
contemporary ceramic design and craftmanship. Each subject is carefully
hand-carved and detailed from fine grain earthenware ceramic material then,
after it’s initial kiln firing, decoration continues with the hand application of
enamel colors and glazes used to accent and highlight individual design

Each enamel glaze must be re-fired individually in order to
preserve it’s distinctive coloration.

This exquisite collection of hand-crafted ceramic design was created by twin brothers
Jesus and Javier Carbajales during the fall of 1972 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The
Carbajales were born in Spain in 1930 and moved to Uruguay when the Spanish Civil
War erupted in 1936. The brothers, however, did not forget their artistic roots. They
were strongly influenced by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro; three Spanish
artists whose work dominated the first half of the 20th century.

The Carbajales chose nature as their subject and their sculptures blend a
traditional South American Style with a surrealist flair. The name
Artesania Rinconada is a Spanish phrase meaning “Art of the corner” or
“Corner art” and was chosen because the brothers worked out of a
small corner of their living room for many years. Although Jesus and
Javier can no longer confine themselves to a small corner studio, they still
refer to their work as Artesania Rinconada and carve the initials AR into
each of their original designs. Pictured right is the Medieval Horse.

Artesania Rinconada celebrated their 25th Anniversary two years ago
with the introduction of their new Silver Anniversary Collection. These
new designs are accented with gold and platinum glazes. Since their introduction
in 1972, the artists have introduced over 480 original designs, 280 of
which currently are available. Many designs have been retired over the
years and are available through the secondary marketplace.
Pictured left is the Silver Anniversary Elephant.

The  Artesania Rinconada Collection is categorized as follows:

Silver Anniversary Collection
consists of 30 designs. Four
new designs will be introduced this fall.
Large Wildlife Collection
26 large designs to include limited
edition figurines
Classic Series Collection
consists of 224 designs

1998 marked the Charter Year of the Artesania Rinconada Collector’s
Society, which was formed to keep collectors informed of upcoming events,
new introductions and retirement of older designs. Pictured right is the current CC joining gift.

Members receive quarterly
newsletters, a free special gift figurine and Silver Anniversary Album
upon joining or renewal of membership. They also enjoy the opportunity
to purchase Member Only figurines.

Recommended Reading:

Silver Anniversary Album – Artesania Rinconada

By John J. Madison Co.

Available from the author.

A website will soon be open at:

Artesania Rinconada Collector’s Pricing Guide

By Echo Hanebrink

Available from the author and John J. Madison Co. Inc.

Email: [email protected]

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