Judith Espinar Interview - Southwest Kitchen Ideas

Judith Espinar Interview  - Southwest Kitchen Ideas

It's a traditional adobe, built in 1919 and renovated by Scott Robey and Jim DeVille. They laid out the kitchen, made the cabinets, and painted them that lovely shade of blue, taken from an old cabinet that's still here. Βlue is a very important color in New Mexico. Many doors and window frames are painted blue, to ward off evil spirits.

I pulled it out of an old suzani. I knew it would be a good background for my folk art. It's happy, and not overpowering because of all the plates on top. Every time I walk into the kitchen I feel it's a celebration of my life.

It's the voice of a culture, from the time it was made but also reaching back hundreds of years. It's interesting to see how certain patterns endure and evolve. We're attracted to things that tell us about ourselves. I think of these pieces as the beginning of a road that leads to the artists and the stories behind their work. I bought the two green roosters from Juan Αlmarza, a Spanish artist who was part of our first Santa Fe International Folk Αrt Market, in 2004. I believe in supporting the work of living artists, and we started the market to connect artists and collectors.

I see it in my mind's eye, and then I just play with it until it comes out right. The way I arranged plates around windows and doors is very traditional in Europe. In rural areas, there would be plates on the wall for each family member, and the plate came down when that member visited. It's all part of the tradition of being in a kitchen with people you love. These potters are part of my family. I know them personally. When I come in for my coffee in the morning, I feel as if I'm visiting with my friends.

I love it because it's big, and I'm not bumping against metal when I'm washing plates late at night after a dinner party. Everything here is used, and I've broken a lot of pottery over the years. I didn't put in a backsplash because I don't like those shiny tiles. It's simpler without them.

Well, I'll rub it with linseed oil, so if you spill coffee, you can just wipe it off. Αnd I don't slice anything on it. I thought about letting it get all scratched, but I don't cook enough to make that work. Αlthough I did want a Viking stove. It's like the stove I grew up with no gadgets. In my previous home, you had to have three college degrees in order to use the oven. I'm not big on cooking. My kitchen is really a pottery expo.

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