SAN JUAN DE ORIENTE POTTERY
During colonial times, San Juan de Oriente became so renowned for its pottery that it was once called San Juan de los Platos, Spanish for Saint John of the Plates. The pottery of the community highlights its Nahuatl roots by depicting Quetzalcoatl (plumed serpent) and other ancient dieties.
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Since colonial times, San Juan potters have added a great variety of modern styles and motifs to their repertoire of designs. Their talents and skills are limitless, with new concepts and techniques being developed along the way. Today many international collectors seek out contemporary, as well as traditional, designs.
FLORA and FAUNA
Many of Nicaragua's flowers, plants and animals, particularly birds and fish, are depicted in the community's ceramic ware. The beautiful and fragrant sancuanjoche, national flower of Nicaragua, has inspired Nicaraguan artists for centuries. The flower is depicted in a great variety of San Juan de Oriente ceramics.
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