Antonio Guzman HernŠndez
Hidalgo sin nķmero,
Although they are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, most Mexican buyers — unlike foreigners — always haggle to pay less for the teapot bule or guaje (gourd) or one that is finely painted inside and out by maestro Antonio Guzman Hernández of Pinotepa de Don Luis, Oaxaca.
So far, the Chinese have not been able to reproduce them because machines cannot be used. The gourds are cut, polished and hand carved, with indigenous, traditional drawings. This is art, each gourd is unique made with the hands of the maestro and cannot be reproduced by a machine.
Once a gourd is dry, it can be cut and polished with fine sandpaper. They cannot produce large quantities because everything is done by hand. There are no copies — each one is unique — each one is different.