About Zenwaro, A Sanctuary of Zen.

The journal

From our excursions throughout Mexico and Central America to the ideas and inspiration that sparks our design process.

 This where we journal all of the integral / intriguing facts that makes our family owned artisan made brand unique.

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DE~VO~TION  love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.
Origin Story

DE~VO~TION love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.

by Marianne Freeman August 11, 2020

Our Devotion Collection presents unique, sculptural artifacts that are handcrafted, from the terracotta clay that is dug from the earth to the touches of gold and silver leaf on the finished product.  Each piece created to evoke emotions of love, laughter,and pure joy.  Each piece is unique and it is up to you to decide if you are unable to resist a certain piece for your personal sanctuary or if it is a "must have" gift for a special friend or loved one.
It all began with a few small of red and gold hearts that immediately captured my attention as I walked into a friend's office located in Zapopan, Jalisco Mexico. Each heart was authentically vinta...

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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 July 21, 2020

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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Day of the Dead Catrina Sculpture
Culture Story

Understanding Dia de Los Muertos and La Catrina. A celebration of Culture and Life not death and skulls. Part 1

by Marianne Freeman June 25, 2020

For those of you who are not yet familiar with this art genre, La Catrina is part of, and is representative of one of the most recognized yearly events that is celebrated throughout Mexico, Día de Los Muertos
I still recall my initial response when I saw my first Catrina sculpture that was beautifully hand-sculpted in terracotta clay. When we were invited to participate in a biannual artist's show in Gu...

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Street front restaurants of Mexico City
COVID-19 Story

Mexico Combats The Spread.

by Marianne Freeman June 07, 2020

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 fine art of glassblowing in Mexico
Artisan Story

The fine art of glassblowing in Mexico

by Clayton Freeman June 12, 2020

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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The Meaning of Zenwaro! Part 1
Origin Story

The Meaning of Zenwaro! Part 1

by Clayton Freeman May 04, 2020

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 May 17, 2020

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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We are serious about recycling
Design Story

We are serious about recycling

by Marianne Freeman May 29, 2020

From broken soda, beer, and assorted glass containers items of function and beauty are created.
There are various aspects to Zenwaro that involve recycling, but one area, in particular, is our Movement Collection where every glass item is created from recycled glass. That last bottle of Coke ...

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Combating COVID-19
COVID-19 Story

Combating COVID-19

by Clayton Freeman May 18, 2020

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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Skyline of San Miguel de Allende
Origin Story

Where it all began.

by Marianne Freeman May 18, 2020

A brief history of our unique brand. The adventure really began when we took a quick trip with friends to a resort area located in the central Baja Peninsula region on the Sea of Cortez; specifical...

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Creating beautiful spaces
Customer Story

Creating beautiful spaces

by Marianne Freeman May 24, 2020

Creating authentic spaces both residential and commercial. When approached recently by a client who is in the process of creating a contemporary Mexican restaurant we were honored to be contacted a...

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