|Written by Albaro Rodriguez|
|Monday, 02 May 2011 15:02|
In the year 1892, and in a Trinitarian peripheral neighborhoods, a Spanish immigrant patiently taught him the art of pottery to a young man named Santander, who saw fit to create a small shop, not knowing that later became a great story.
So that first installation came announcing the brand name of The Potter: Factory of hollow construction and building materials, Modesto Santander. It is said that the first round that took the workshop was built with wood from a barrel of wine, and the first pieces were not achieved until two years later, in 1894. Initially, production was crucial to provide the village of brick, third and lime, and other building materials. Also arose in this way, the name of the neighborhood, which is called Cal Kilns
But it was Roger, son of Doña Panchita Santander Modesto Ortega, who developed and became a thriving business, the old workshop of his father. Over time, the potter included among its parts vases, pots, water filters, pots and jugs, making a varied production of high demand among the villagers.
In 1963, the potter was delivered to the Cuban state by Santander, and although at the time many family members continued to work there, Santander today have their own workshops, where it maintains the tradition of pottery Trinity.
From one generation to another passed the secrets of working with clay on the wheel, to make useful and decorative objects dissimilar. That rustic workshop, Modesto Santander created in 1892, became a school of Potters, a trade seductive that not everyone has access.
Among the descendants of the Family Santander, which became true masters of pottery Rogelito remember, son of Roger and who held the job with utmost dedication, or Thomas Santander, grandson of Modesto, and experienced potter to whom were entrusted finest works, and who also followed his son Juan Alberto. Currently, three major potteries maintain production, more traditional, Santander Family: Daniel (Chichi) Santander, Santander Asariel and Oscar Santander. All from, the very trunk of the family.
In an entirely different view unfolds Neidis (Coki) Mesa Santander, the only woman potter, his family, and also in the city. This young ceramist has not only broken with the traditional practice of making parts that are found in most shops, but has given its pottery, utilitarian and decorative character at a time. His workshop, under the name La Casita del Barro, has specialized in doing, also worked with ceramic wall reliefs, hand polished with metal oxides, decorative plates with pre-Columbian reproductions of facades and Trinity streets, unique pieces, as well of different formats. La Casita del Barro also has a job with some children of the community, interested in discovering the mysteries of pottery.
In 2007, Santander Family of Trinidad, received the Special Prize of UNESCO, the master craftsman, a sincere recognition of a family tradition and a city. But the story does not stop at statistics and memory. Today, a large number of descendants continue the work of their ancestors, leaving a deep imprint in this town of Trinidad.