From Clay to Art

The Jequitinhonha Valley is a region of contrasts, where poverty caused by drought and lack of jobs intermingles with a rich culture and strong social capital. The inventive and artistic powerhouse of the state of Minas Gerais, the Valley is the cornerstone of a deep-rooted local tradition of ceramic craftsmanship. From dolls to kitchenware, this tradition is passed down from generation to generation.

Embark with us and dive into the art of pottery and a unique and harmonious camaraderie with the local artisans of clay and life!

 

Barreiro's Trail. Campo Buriti MG. Photo André Dib

Barreiro's Trail. Campo Buriti MG. Photo André Dib

 

Highlights
•    Family Friendly
•    Famous Mineira Gastronomy
•    Ceramic workshops
•    Cooking workshops
•    Crafts
•    Community Homestays

opening photo: © André Dib

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Itinerary


Day 1 | Depart from Montes Claros to Tourmalina

Jequitinhonha's Valley - Vivejar - From Clay to Art - Brazil

Jequitinhonha’s Valley – Vivejar – From Clay to Art – Brazil

Visiting: Campo Buriti Community

Upon arrival at Montes Claros, we will be met and escorted to the Campo Buriti community (travel time approx 4h). Here, we will be welcomed by our hostesses in their homes. This evening we will have an introduction session and share a delicious dinner with our hostesses.

· Meals: Dinner
· Accommodations: Community Homestay

Day 2 | Barreiro Trail & Clay Modeling Workshop

Visiting: Campo Buriti Community

After a hearty Mineiro breakfast, we set out on the local trail to the “Barreiro”, where the clay, that gives life to the art of the Valley, is extracted from the earth and transported back to the community. On our way, taking advantage of the stunning landscape in the countryside of Minas Gerais, we stop for a moment of prose led by the young community leaders. Upon arrival at the “Barreiro”, the women of the Valley show us the extraction process and let us try our hand at it! In the afternoon, it is time to roll up our sleeves and get creative: the artisans teach us how to beat and sift the clay, before mixing it with water and modeling it as the imagination allows.

· Meals: BLD
· Accommodations: Community Homestays

Day 3 | Ceramic painting workshop, Campo Alegre Visit & Socializing

VivejarVisiting: Campo Alegre Community

After breakfast, we will attend a unique painting workshop where we will learn about the magic of color transformations done with natural pigments. In the afternoon, we will continue on to the community of Campo Alegre, home to more than 80 craftsmen, where we will visit the quaint community museum and art exhibit. In the evening, we will enjoy a social hour with the local artists in the bar of one of our hostesses, Terezinha.

· Meals: BLD
· Accommodation: Community Homestays

Day 4 | Campo Buriti & Ceramic Firing Ceremony

VivejarVisiting: Campo Buriti

We will start the morning with a delicious breakfast in the house of one of the most famous ceramic masters of the region: Zezinha. Here, we will chat and visit her beautiful ceramic garden, which is an open-air museum. In the afternoon, we will take part in a different type of hands-on experience while we participate in a Dulce de Leche or Biscoito workshop. After our cooking session, we will visit the artisan association of Coqueiro Campo. Finally, at night, we will have one of the most special moments of the trip: the Ceramic Firing Ceremony! Time to will collect the wonderful pieces our group as produced and fire them in the kiln and celebrate! All accompanied by local Moda de Viola music and an unforgettable dinner with Mineiro delicacies.

· Meals: BLD
· Accommodation: Community Homestays

Day 5 | Depart from Campo Buriti to Montes Claros

Mês da Mulher

Photo: André Dib

Visiting: Campo Buriti 

It’s time to say goodbye to the incredible moments we have experienced over the last few days in the community. We will each enjoy one final breakfast with our individual hostesses so we can say goodbye in a more intimate way, carrying away with us not only souvenirs but new friends in our hearts. Shortly after, we will leave for the Montes Claros Airport.

· Meals: B

Investment

Check rates with the Vivejar Team, contato@vivejar.com.br or +55 11 3031-3034.

Payment Terms: Bank Transfer or Credit Card.

The group is confirmed from the 6th paying person. If this number is less than 6 people, the prices will be adjusted, or the exit will be canceled until the date of 9/30/2018.

Included items


Activities / Outings
Ceramic firing ceremony
Family accommodation
Local guide
Meals at community
Trail / Hiking
Transfers
Travel insurance
Vivejar Host
Workshops

Additional info


Tips

  • Take the opportunity to interact and get to know the family where you are accommodated.
  • If you are buying artwork, consider buying it in different places. We will visit many ceramists and as many as 3 associations. It is a good opportunity to purchase different pieces and contribute to various families. Local sweets and delicacies will also be for sale.
  • Bring a notebook, take notes, take photos… make sure to bring a piece of this trip back home

Worth to have in mind

  • There is no phone or wi fi signal in most of the community, but in case of an emergency there is a land line available and some spots of connection.
  • Bring comfortable shoes and clothing. The days are usually hot and the nights cold, so come prepared! But do not over pack your bag, you will surely want space for your newly acquired art pieces

Not included items

  • Alcoholic drinks, phone calls or other personal expenses
  • Flights to/ from Montes Claros
  • Optional and not mentioned trips or activities.

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photo: © André Dib

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