"Clay is a very noble material. You can recycle it as many times as you like as long as it hasn't been fired."
"I was born in 1972 in a Mexican town of artisans. I'm an artisan, too, and work with ceramics. My father had a pottery workshop and my older brother taught me to work with clay.
"I believe I'm a creative man. I know how to listen and I have a style of my own. I enjoy this work very much although, like many people with careers in the arts, I find it much easier to create things than to market them.
"My main materials are clay and paints. Clay is a very noble material. You can recycle it as many times as you like as long as it hasn't been fired. Painting was a challenge at first and I took a lot of classes, practicing constantly until I could do it well.
"Inspiration comes to me in many ways — from our traditions, from the flora and the fauna all around us.
"We work as a family, and each person does the tasks they do best or those they most enjoy. It's important that we all have a similar manner of working so that our results are the same — home décor accents with a pinch of joy.
"We've been able to offer the community a style of working that shows one can make a living with handicrafts. But I have a dream… I'd love to have a gallery some day where people could see all the designs that are the fruit of my creativity."
Ubaldo Macias won first prize in the 1998 Tastoan Mask Competition on the national level. He also took first place in the Roberto Montenegro Competition dedicated to the Mexican Revolution. In the 2010 Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, the artisan was awarded first place in the corresponding art exhibition.