Gorky González Quiñones, Mexican potter, Died at 77


Gorky González Quiñones was born on September 27, 1939, in Morelia, Michoacán, and died on January 15, 2017.

He was a Mexican potter.

Gorky González Quiñones won the Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes for his efforts to revive Mexican maiolica pottery.

Quiñones started in the arts following his father, sculptor Rodolfo González.

However, Quiñones worked with and studied ceramics in Mexico and Japan, he did not work with maiolica until he received two pieces as part of his antique business.

That technique had almost died out in his region, and González Quiñones learned how to make them.

Quiñones’ workshop was in Guanajuato, with a client base in Mexico and the United States.

He was the son of sculptor Rodolfo González.

Gorky’s interest in art began young, learning from his father how to make decorative and artistic items with the lost-wax casting methods as well as sculpting in various materials including clay.

During 1962, Gorky went to San Miguel de Allende to study at the Instituto Allende and the Escuelas de Artes, learning artistic casting.

Gorky González Quiñones passed away at 77 years old.