WHO IS JOSÉ BERNABÉ CAMPECHANO?

José Bernabe Campechano chose “petatillo” ceramics to leave an important mark as a craftsman. The gallery located in the heart of Tonalá (a kind of workshop-outlet that bears his name) is just a sample of the work that he inherited from his family.

Vases and plates, to mention some of his creations, have been transformed by the hands of this Jalisco artisan, and of course by his refined technique, which has also gained notoriety in his land as in Europe or the United States. 

Mixing tradition with innovation is not an easy task, but it is possible for Don José, who won the Jalisco Award in 1964, obtained the "Ángel Carranza" award in 1989, within the XIII National Ceramic Award, and was recognized within the 150 great Masters of Popular Art in Mexico in 1999.

Painting a piece with the petatillo technique has a high degree of complexity, there are even pieces that can take a whole day to be finished, since the lines that are made are millimetric and resemble the fabric of a mat, hence its Name. However, this did not prevent Don José from keeping this tradition alive for more than 40 years, which will now continue in the hands of his 10 children.

BERNABÉ TRADITION

  • 1950
    Beginnings of Don José
    He started from the age of 8 learning from his parents and grandparents
  • 1980
    Clay
    Has a workshop dedicated to the love of clay
  • 1990
    Inheritance
    Comienza a heredar el trabajo y la labor artesanal del petatillo
  • 2020
    Tradition
    Their children continue with the tradition and work of excellence

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