San Blas: A Wonderful Artist Colony in Cuzco

by admin on November 3, 2008

Located just a few blocks from the Main Square of Cuzco, the San Blas artist colony is not to be missed. Although you have to climb a fairly steep hill to reach San Blas, it is worth every step! It is such a unique looking place, with its lovely colonial houses and the numerous side streets running between them. It is always fascinating to stop at the workshops and observe the many artists creating their work. The artistic traditions of San Blas, which includes mask making, doll making, stone carving, ceramics, and sculpture, have been practiced for generations by such families as the Mendivil, Olave and Merida. In one of my previous posts, I spoke of my friend, Martha Morales whose work I collect. She kept a studio in the San Blas area of Cuzco where she taught my children on a memorable trip to Cuzco. The mural they created that day hangs in the lobby of their school here in the U.S. and is a lovely reminder of their visit to San Blas.