“My name is María Elena, and I was born in 1964 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. My father was from Santa Rosa de Copán located in the west of the country, and my mother was from Comayagua, places that are characterized by being very important cities--the first for its great pre-Columbian historical value, and the second for its colonial value.
“From a very young age when visiting my grandparents in these cities, their magic captivated me. Every detail that I could perceive greatly influenced my way of seeing things; I internalized them, and now materialize them in my art.
“I am dedicated to the elaboration of ceramic products. I trained for this academically, but I knew that in my veins I carried all that cultural diversity that helped a lot to make the creative process easier. I always had the unconditional support of my parents, who were with me at every moment of my training, because back then it was very difficult in my country for a woman to have those opportunities.
"I can say that I have been a pioneer in the field of ceramics in my country. These years have served me to experiment and take my craft to another level, fusing traditional elements of the technique with a more modern version. This has led me to win new customers, who seek to have products in their homes that are not only beautiful but also useful in their daily lives.
“I have had the opportunity to train my collaborators from scratch, which has made our ties as a team very strong. It has been an enriching experience for both them and me, since ‘giving is how we receive’. With this we can help many families so that they have a constant income, thus giving them a decent life.