Hilario Alejos Madrigal

Ceramics — piñas (pineapple pottery)

Morelos #60 esq. Lazaro Cardinal

San Jose de Gracia, Mich

MPIO de Tangancicuaro


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The bright green color of the Michoacán piña (pineapple) ceramics will immediately attract your attention — observe the detailed work of its pointed leaves and the flaky texture of the surface finish. 

These wonderful pieces of unusual pottery attract many collectors.  Hilario Alejos Madrigal and his family live in San José de Gracia, Michoacán. He is one of the masters of this traditional type of ceramic folk art. Hilario learned to work with clay at the age of 15, from his famous mother, Elisa Madrigal Martínez. 

The production of these ornamental piñas, punch bowls, candlesticks, etc., requires very meticulous skill and talent. He gets his clay from a nearby deposit. The clay is placed in sacks and brought to town on donkeys or mules (maybe in a pick-up these days), where the material is cleaned, ground, and sifted. Water is added until the right consistency is achieved. It is let set for a time before being shaped into the famous piñas.

Each piece is then modeled, decorative elements are added, and the process of drying in the sun begins. Once dry, there is a first burn in a wood kiln, then it is glazed and finished with an additional baking at 900o C.

Hilario has won many awards and his work adorns the cover of the landmark book "The Great Masters of Mexican Popular Art". 


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