March 7, 2003

Celebrated Ecuadorian Potters to Demonstrate at the Museum of Man

In conjunction with its popular “Ecuadorian Pottery Traditions” exhibit, the San Diego Museum of Man will present two talented Quichua Indian potters who will showcase their art and demonstrate their time-honored techniques at the Museum 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wed., March 12 through Sun., March 16.

According to the San Diego Museum of Man’s curator of Latin American Ethnography Grace Johnson, Estella and Mirian Dagua are a mother-daughter duo who are both very well known in their native Ecuador. “These are two highly talented and popular artists whose carefully crafted pieces are the manifestation of their rich cultural heritage,” she says. “Both consistently set the standard for excellence among Quichua potters, and we are very proud to feature them at the Museum,” Johnson says.

Estella Dagua demostrates the time-honored technique of Ecuador

For nearly 30 years, Estella Dagua has created some of Ecuador’s most unique ceramic work. She has trained numerous proteges, and her wares have been shown in exhibitions throughout Ecuador and the United States.

In keeping with the family tradition, Estella’s daughter Mirian has also made a name for herself as one of the leading ceramists in  Ecuador’s Pastaza region.

A unique partnership between the Museum of Man, San Diego State University and Eastern Kentucky University, the exhibit features more than 100 pieces, plus stunning photography of the potters and the process. Decorative and utilitarian pottery are both featured in the exhibition, open through May 4.

The San Diego Museum of Man is an educational, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and display of the life and history of

humankind. Headquartered in Balboa Park, the museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information check out the museum’s website at

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