Friday, July 27, 2012

Gallery / Workshop of Eduardo Vega

On Friday, July 27th, we went to the Vega Galeria / Taller (gallery / workshop), which is located high above Cuenca in the community of Turi.

The Vega house located next to the gallery

Mural at the entrance to the gallery

Born in 1938, Eduardo Vega is a very famous Ecuadorean ceramicist and designer. He studied for two years in Madrid, and then furthered his education in London from 1960 to 1961.  Later, he went on to study ceramics for two years in France.  

On returning to Cuenca, a region with a strong pottery tradition, he created one of his most outstanding murals, the Land of El Dorado (1969; Cuenca, Hotel El Dorado). At the time he was the only artist in the country extensively involved in producing ceramic murals. 
Entrance to the gallery from the garden
In 1973, Vega set up the ceramics business Artesa in Cuenca, for which he designed hundreds of decorative and utilitarian pieces, that bore the trademark Vega and were exported worldwide. Notable later works include Of the Three Moons (1985-7; Quito, Banco Ecuatoriano de la Vivienda), The Totems (1991, Cuenca, Remigio Crespo and Unidad Nacional), a monumental ensemble of concrete and clay, Men of Stone and Taking the Spirit out of the Earth (1995, Quito, Pal. Cardondelet).  

View of Cuenca from inside the gallery


You will also be able to sit down and watch a very interesting video about Vega. It only takes about 10 minutes and is well worth watching and you will also be able to see Artisans at work.

Back in the 70’s, Eduardo started a company called Artesa, and these products are found throughout Ecuador.  You can quickly identify if it is a true Vega product by checking to see if it has the renowned E Vega signature encrypted into the work.
Some of the pieces on display in the gallery:
Candle holders

Condor plate

Hummingbird ceramics

Hummingbird plate


Rose teapot


Open from Monday to Friday from 9a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9.30a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

You can hop in a taxi and ask to be taken to Eduardo Vega gallery in Turi and from the city the fare should be around $3.50.

Contact information

We're going to the coast this weekend for 3 days to go whale watching and also to go to the Isla de la Plata.  Look for photos and blog soon about that trip.

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