Selected Reading

Bienvenidos! A traditional welcome to Mexico.
Origin Story

Bienvenidos! A traditional welcome to Mexico.

by Marianne Freeman

As our group gathered, the music began and as is the tradition, we were invited to follow them as they led us along the side streets of San Miguel, playing and singing traditional songs all the way.  
Music is an integral part of all cultures, whether the instruments are lovingly handcrafted using materials at hand, or full brass bands as associated with New Orleans.  The type of musical express...

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The Zenwaro Customer. Part 2, Enjoying a Creative Lifestyle Requires Effort.
Customer Story

The Zenwaro Customer. Part 2, Enjoying a Creative Lifestyle Requires Effort.

by Clayton Freeman

It's hard to think of any community in the U.S. that has not been largely affected by the wrath of this novel corona virus, some profoundly more than others. It is important to keep in mind that the rest of the world is dealing with "pandemic life" and in many regions of the world are doing so without many of the comforts we share here in the United States. So with theme of being mindful towards those individuals / families / communities from around the world attempting to enjoy life on Covid's terms we bring you a glimpse into the creative life of one Zenwaro patron, native to the Philippines.
Part 2 of our blog series exploring the creativity and interesting life stories shared by a diverse group of Zenwaro customers. A quick note if you have not read part 1 of this blog series, conside...

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The Zenwaro Customer. Creative minds from all walks of life.
Customer Story

The Zenwaro Customer. Creative minds from all walks of life.

by Clayton Freeman

Of all walks of life and professions, from collectors and minimalists, to the artistically gifted and those who are more numerically proficient. What defines a Zenwaro customer is not their ethnicity, educational background, profession of choice not even their taste for decor and fashion.
Of all walks of life and professions, from collectors and minimalists, to the artistically gifted and those who are more numerically proficient. What defines a Zenwaro customer is not their ethnici...

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Illumination and ambiance combined, the aesthetics of creative lighting.
Design Story

Illumination and ambiance combined, the aesthetics of creative lighting.

by Marianne Freeman

This pomegranate shaped sphere now takes on a coastal style presence and is easily incorporated into a variety of interior designs that seek to introduce a bit of the "vacation getaway to the ocean" ambiance.
Our Mediterra Collection of lighting has been an alliance of 2 very different techniques and artistries.  The iron craftsman who forms by hand the cage of wrought iron and all of the accompanying h...

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Primitive ceramic sculptures for home decor.
Design Story

Why we call it, Hermano. Working with artisans while creating life long bonds.

by Clayton Freeman

Herman was now Hermano. This endearing Spanish term translates simply to "brother", and represents the bond that Harry throughout his life and travels in Mexico created with a number of artisans Rafael Pineda bing one of many.
As with many of our creations this beautifully simple, almost primitive, jovial sculpture has many stories behind it. The Hermano sculptures started out as the "Herman." The idea for this creation...

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Artisan Glass Blowing
Artisan Story

Artisan Glass Blowing

by Clayton Freeman

Craftsmanship, Community are unified by Mexico's culture of sustainable glass blowing.
Production within our glass studio is both an intense and well-choreographed process. During our production periods, 10 large kilns are firing literally around the clock at temperatures reaching 12...

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Understanding Dia de los Muertos, Part 2. True meaning, a Celebration of Life
Culture Story

Understanding Dia de los Muertos, Part 2. True meaning, a Celebration of Life

by Marianne Freeman

I do know that being a part of Dias de los Muertos in the heart of Mexico has transformed my understanding and perception of the loss of those I have loved.  
Day of the Dead (Spanish:  Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated in Mexico. It is celebrated by people of Mexico living in other places, especially among the areas of the Unite States...

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The Art of Talavera, Tierra Collection part 2
Artisan Story

The Art of Talavera, Tierra Collection part 2

by Marianne Freeman

Our Tierra collection is filled with a variety of diverse and wonderful earthenwares (literally glazed and hand-painted terra-cotta). From tiles and coasters to kitchenware and pottery, all finely painted by hand using a variety of splendid artistries
Our Tierra collection is filled with a variety of diverse and wonderful earthenwares (literally glazed and hand-painted terra-cotta). From tiles and coasters to kitchenware and pottery, all finely ...

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The Art of Talavera in our Tierra Collection
Artisan Story

The Art of Talavera in our Tierra Collection

by Marianne Freeman

From the very beginning, approximately 20 years ago when we made our first trip to central Mexico, we were introduced to Talavera pottery.  We didn't have to search because Talavera is so much a pa...

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The fine art of glassblowing in Mexico
Artisan Story

The fine art of glassblowing in Mexico

by Clayton Freeman

Techniques and details of our glassblowing studio in Central Mexico.
Production within our glass studio is both an intense and well-choreographed process. During our production periods, 10 large kilns are firing literally around the clock at temperatures reaching 12...

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Church of San Miguel de Allende
Culture Story

One crisis reveals another.

by Clayton Freeman

What the US can possibly learn from other countries on how to treat each other?
We stand with and support the people of this nation who deserve and are ready to work together towards change. The path that will bring ourselves, our families, our businesses, and our communities ...

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Street front restaurants of Mexico City
COVID-19 Story

Mexico Combats The Spread.

by Marianne Freeman

The areas where the artisans with whom we work and the people along the US/Mexico border are now just beginning to see a rapid increase in the number of Covid 19 cases. Mexico has essentially been ...

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The Meaning of Zenwaro! Part 1
Origin Story

The Meaning of Zenwaro! Part 1

by Clayton Freeman

A Sanctuary of Zen!  "Zen"a very high form of enlightenment. Usually studied within Buddhist monasteries, this ancient practice emphasizes enlightenment by the most direct possible means, acceptin...

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Origin Story

The Meaning of Zenwaro! Part 2

by Clayton Freeman

New brand new platforms same artisan made goods for an authentic lifestyle. One can never be certain if the paths they choose will lead them towards the great destiny they envisioned before embark...

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Combating COVID-19
COVID-19 Story

Combating COVID-19

by Clayton Freeman

Operating During A Pandemic, Is not Business as Usual... Our hearts go out to all who have been affected directly by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In the face of such great adversity like lo...

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