Rosa Brítez

Rosa Brítez (April 9, 1941 – December 20, 2017) was a Paraguayan potter and ceramist. One of Paraguay's best known potters,[1] Brítez developed a unique style of pottery by using black clay to craft pieces and ceramic figurines. Her work has been recognized in Paraguay and other countries, including the United States.[1] She became known as the "La Ceremista de América," which translates as "Potter or Ceramists of the Americas."[1][2][3]

Rosa Brítez with examples of her work in 2008.

Rosa Brítez was born in 1941 in Itá in Central Department.[1][2] She remained in Itá throughout her career.[3] Her home and studio were located along Route 1.[3]

Brítez held exhibitions worldwide, including Spain, the United States, France, Mexico and Chile.[1][2] She received "Potter of the Americas" award in the United States in 1989.[2] In 2014, the Chamber of Deputies of Paraguay honored Brítez with the National Order for Merit "Comuneros" for her lifetime of work.[1][3]

Rosa Brítez died on December 20, 2017, from complications of lung disease at Hospital Nacional de Itauguá in Itauguá, Paraguay, at the age of 76.[1] She had been hospitalized in intensive care for the previous 52 days.[1] Brítez was survived by thirteen children and twenty-six grandchildren.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Falleció Rosa Brítez, la "Ceramista de América"". La Nación (Paraguay). 2017-12-20. Archived from the original on 2017-12-22. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Rosa Brítez, la ceramista de América, falleció este miércoles". Última Hora (Paraguay). 2017-12-20. Retrieved 2018-01-14.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b c d "Rosa Brítez, delicada de salud". ABC Color. 2017-12-09. Archived from the original on 2017-12-09. Retrieved 2018-01-14.