Hecho a Mano primarily showcases New Mexican and Mexican artists working in the mediums of printmaking, ceramics, and jewelry.
We hope that the works here find resonance with you.
Open 10am - 5pm, Closed Mondays & Tuesdays October - April. Closed Mondays May - September.
Hecho a Mano comes to you from O’gaPogeh Owingeh / White Shell Water Place / Santa Fe, NM on unceded lands that are the traditional territories of Tewa people who continue to maintain connections to this place.
Theft of Indigenous culture has been and continues to be a core component of colonization. As an art gallery, we acknowledge the extractive and appropriative practices that galleries and arts organizations have operated on, and affirm our commitment to holding space for Indigenous artists, and all the artists shown here, to speak in their own voice. Our existence as an art gallery is dependent upon artists. Our aim is to discard the colonial power dynamics involved in the relationship between art institutions and artists and instead operate from a place of mutual support.
Learn more about Tewa culture at the Poeh Center. "The Center emphasizes arts and cultures of all Pueblo People with focus on the Tewa-speaking Pueblos of Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara, Tesuque and Nambe."
Consider supporting Tewa Women United. "Tewa Women United was incorporated for educational, social and benevolent purposes, specifically for the ending of all forms of violence against Native Women and girls, Mother Earth and to promote peace in New Mexico."
For millennia, the Americas have been a place of migration and sharing of cultures. From migrant laborers crossing political borders to tribes in in the present-day U.S. Southwest migrating to the Valley of Mexico to found the Aztec empire, human movement has facilitated creative genesis. Hecho a Mano holds space for artists emerging from these living cultures, focused on the intersection of innovation and tradition.
Hecho a Mano is handmade. In an increasingly automated world, we believe it is important to uphold processes that are humanity's collective inheritance. Works made by hand reveal the mark of the maker, and express an incalculable heritage that we, as people, are gifted. When we hold a ceramic pot, we are not just holding a handmade object, but the entire history of craftsmanship that has led to creation of that vessel.
Image: Moira Garcia
Machines have changed our world...Maybe that's why we sigh as we run our fingers along the rumply edges of a hand-thrown pot; we hardly realize how much our souls long to be surrounded by goods that remember the hands and the heart that made them.
-Robyn Griggs Lawrence