Guillermo Cuellar is a potter who grew up in Venezuela and now lives and works in Shafer, MN. He received his BA in Art, French and Geology from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA, in 1976 and has participated in numerous workshops, including summer workshops with Warren Mackenzie (1981-2006). He has been self-employed as a studio potter since 1980.
Guillermo’s experience as a wilderness guide in Venezuela led him to appreciate the love, enjoyment and respect felt by the native people of Venezuela for their handmade pots, baskets, hammocks and dugouts. The entwining of their creativity and daily life remains an enduring inspiration and fuels his goal to create useful everyday objects that remind us of the joy in beauty and creativity. Guillermo’s work has been exhibited widely across the U.S. and in Venezuela. He was invited to be a host studio on the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour in 2010 and was featured on the TPT series Minnesota Original in 2012. He has been the recipient of an ECAC/McKnight Individual Artist grant (2011) and two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants (2006 and 2012). Find Guillermo’s work at www.guillermopottery.com and in fine galleries.