Interview: Isis Cahuas

She's all over the JG website and social channels, but we needed to know more about this angel.

Tell us about your journey to where you are now
My journey has been long, but good. I’ve traveled around and moved to very interesting places. I’ve met so many people and ate so many flavors. I’m thankful for the people who helped me grow. The time I spend in Lima was very special to me because I really got to know myself. I was left alone and I was figuring out what I wanted to do. I tried ceramics and I instantly fell in love with it and I haven’t stopped ever since. I got a lot of confidence from it, I learned to trust myself and believe in myself. My teacher taught me so much. Right now I’m trying to settle and I'm very happy and satisfied with who I've become. I can’t wait for what’s gonna happen next! 

What is your favorite dish that reminds you of your childhood
Woah! There’s so much food I love because Lima is such a gastronomical wonderland, but the one dish I always crave when I feel like something is missing is empanada con maltin polar. I’m Venezuelan so when I used to go to school or hang out with my cousin Saray we would get empanadas de queso which is made from a corn-based dough from arina pan with white cheese! The best part is the corners of la empanada. If someone gives you the puntita, that person loves you. 
      What book(s) do you always recommend
      I’m not much of a reader, I really want to make it a habit but it’s so hard for me to concentrate. I’ve been reading a lot of ceramics-related books. I’m currently reading a book my teacher Gabriel Lores lent me called “The White Road” by Edmund de Waal. I’ve learned a lot from it. 
      Tell us about your pet
      I currently have two cats. I got my first cat 4 years ago. Her name is Ziggy and she’s a Persian, who is very curious and playful. I take her everywhere with me. A friend gave me my other cat, Moza. Moza is much older, I’m not sure how old but all she does is sleep and she can’t really jump that much so I’m assuming she’s very old. I got both of them in Lima and now they’re here with me.
      Share your favorite photo of yourself - what significance does it have

      I really like this picture. Gabriel Lores and I were preparing for an open studio. We spent two days cleaning the studio for the public. It was really heavy work but it was so much fun. This is where I learned everything and I would spend almost every day, all day in this studio. The people from la Casona are all so kind, generous and unique, I’m really thankful they put me under their wings. 

      Tell us about a piece of jewelry that is special to you - how does it make you feel when you wear it
      I don’t own a lot of jewelry but the jewelry I do own is very special to me. I have a lot of jewelry made by my aunt Josefina from Venezuela. She would melt the gold earrings I had when I was a kid and make me rings and bracelets from that recycled gold. It’s crazy to think that the rings I wear now were with me when I was just a baby. I feel like it doesn’t let me forget about my past and makes me think of my origins. 
      In what ways does jewelry portray your identity
      My aunt once told me when I was a kid “una mujer tiene que usar un poco de plata y un poco de oro” which means a woman should always wear a little gold and silver. I don’t really know the reason she said it but it really stuck with me. I think it reminds me of my aunts and my mom. They’re all very strong women. 
      What is your favorite JG piece and why

      My favorite JG piece is the Gia Earrings, they look so delicate and elegant. They’re like drops of water, just very sublime and serene. 
      What do you do to stay creative
      I research a lot. I research one thing and that leads me to many others. I have a lot of tabs and windows opened on my computer. 
      Who and/or what inspires you at the moment
      I think I’m inspired by my own discomfort. It makes me wanna do things differently, experiment, and push myself because I don’t wanna be stuck. I hate the feeling of being stuck. I learned that sometimes I don’t feel “inspired” to make things or I don't want to make things when I'm not feeling great, but once I go to the studio and start I can’t stop. That when I get inspired because I remember how great it feels when I start. 
      What is your current color palette
      I keep it very simple, all tones of white. I try to use light colors because they make me feel calm and clean.
      If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead who would it be and why
      I would have dinner with my family all together. My brothers live in New York. I miss them and I want to have dinner with them, they’re funny.
      What traditions would you like to pass down to the next generation
      My family doesn’t have traditions. I do like the Venezuelan tradition where the birthday person has to scream while they cut the birthday cake. I’m not sure if everyone does that but I think it’s really fun. 
      What would you like to accomplish in the next year
      I would like to start selling my ceramics and have more plants. I want to learn how to dance better too. 
      How do you want the world to remember you
      I think I would like to be remembered as someone determined and brave.

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