Don Tomas / Tin Master
In northern part of Oaxaca, Mexico
In an old book in an old bookstore in Oaxaca we find an article about Hojalata masters Alfonso Santiago Leyva and Victor Hernandez, famous masters who brought Hojalata making to Oaxaca. We learn that a hojateria with the same name is still active in northern Oaxaca. One late evening we find Alfonso’s son Tomas Ricardo working at his workshop with his wife, sister and two assistants. Tomas Ricardo is really skillful in especially three dimensional items like boxes, toys, figurines and ferris wheels. Inspired by these we design a set of small houses, a bus with with passengers and an ice-cream kiosk.