The Art of Masapán-Ecuadorian Bread Dough Class with Maja
Time & Location
About the Event
Learn the Art of Masapán with teaching artist Milton "MAJA" Jurado. Masapán sculpting is a special craft associated with the town of Calderón in Ecuador. It is an art form where beautiful and detailed figurines are created from a bread dough mixture.
This recipe and technique have been handed down for generations in Latin America and MAJA is one of the masters of this art form. During the class you'll learn how to make the bread dough and create original pieces of art using this technique originating in Ecuador. Your pieces will be ready just in time to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos and the holiday season.
Items you will need for the class:
White Bread with the crust removed
Wood Glue or Whte Glue
Petroleum Jelly or Cooking Oil (for rubbing on hands)
Food Coloring or Oil Paints
Plastic Knife, Fork & Spoon
About Milton Jurado aka "MAJA"
Milton was born in Quito, Ecuador. He first came to California in 1972, where along with other Latino artists he helped start Self-Help Graphics in East Los Angeles. Due to his cultural background and traditions in Ecuador, MAJA brought with him the knowledge of an art form not yet known to the artistic community in this hemisphere; namely, artistic sculptures made from the unlikely medium of everyday bread. Inexpensive and available everywhere, Maja was able to create miniature sculptures of human figures out of this most unexpected medium. Not surprisingly, these small creations found an audience in the local art scene. MAJA continues producing and exhibiting work today and was most recently included in two Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibitions at Self Help Graphics & Art and Loft at Liz's Fine Art Gallery.