"...celestial elements were venerated by our ancestors and have fascinated me all my life."
"Hi, I'm Carlos Muñoz. I come from a small city in central Mexico. After graduating from high school, I went to the U.S. to study English. When I returned to Mexico, I was accepted to the university in the School of Fine Arts.
"It was there that I began to take private lessons in areas that interested me - drawing, painting and jewelry making. I opened a small studio workshop where I drew suns and moons. These celestial elements were venerated by our ancestors and have fascinated me all my life.
"My jewelry making process begins by sculpting the design in wax and casting a mold around it. When the molten silver is poured into the mold, the wax melts and runs out. Then I add details by hand, covering the parts where I don't want gold with a special enamel. The pieces are subjected to an electroplating process with 22k gold. Then we clean and polish the jewelry. I also work in silver with papier mache.
"My designs are related with the firmament, each with an individual personality that reveals my Mexican essence. I've been able to offer work to others in a community setting, and I'm proud to continue our silver tradition."
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