"I have tried to infuse my products with a spark of Mexican style and ingenuity while exploiting the beauty and strength of aluminum."
"Hello, my name is Luis Martinez and in 1999 I started crafting aluminum products in my own workhshop. Since I began this project I have tried to infuse my products with a spark of Mexican style and ingenuity, while exploiting the beauty and strength of aluminum.
"First a model is made from acrylic, wood, or whatever other strong material, and a mold of it is made from sand. The first piece is cast from aluminum and, from this original, we make a sand mold for each piece. These molds have to be made very carefully so that we obtain only the best quality. Handmade products are never exactly the same in size or color, but we try our absolute best to make them the same size. The sand has to be solidly compacted so that the piece will have the best result and finish.
"The mold is cleaned and some holes are left in the surface to pour in liquid aluminum. During this process the aluminum should be melted at a certain temperature. Once the aluminum has been in the model for ten to fifteen minutes the piece is then ready, and the mold is broken to take it out. After this, the piece needs to smoothed and polished to give it the brilliant characteristics of pewter. Each piece is made from a new sand mold made from the aluminum master copy, and this makes each piece individual and unique."
27 Testimonials for Luis Martinez Gallardo
I love my candle holder! It's so hard to decorate my apartment because I prefer vintage and nature inspired décor while my husband only likes modern, so this candle holder was the perfect compromise piece! Despite the popularity of candle holders, this is the only one I've ever found that jumped out at me as really belonging in our apartment. I was hoping it came with rocks for the convenience but it will be fun to find our own! Thank you so much!
The tray we purchased is even more beautiful in person!
The tray we purchased is even more beautiful in person!
I ordered the ""Fern"" tray for my brother and his new wife. When it arrived, I took it out to look at it before I wrapped it, and I have to say - I was tempted to keep it for myself! The craftsmanship is superb, the design simple and elegant, and it made a welcome addition to the home of my brother and sister-in-law - who are both notoriously hard to shop for!
I bought three of Sr Martinez's Christmas Tree centerpieces as a present for my mother. Little tea lights on the trees' arms add a festive touch to the holiday table and they are sure to be a hit with dinner party guests!
Hace unos dias recibi la charola de pewter que compre y ME ENCANTO!!! Las fotos que aparecen en linea no le hacen justicia, es mucho mas linda en vivo. Gracias Karina Cervantes
I purchased the spirals serving plate (actually bowl) as a wedding shower gift for a friend. It looks even more beautiful in real life than the online photo. My friend was thrilled with it and will cherish it for years to come. Thank you.
Arlington Heights, IL, USA
The Star appetizer plates which I purchased as a gift for my wife were beautiful and she loved them! The workmanship was fabulous. Needless to say, they were a big hit at our New Years party. Thanks.
I recieved my ""Our Lady of Guadalupe"" wall plaque so quickly! I was so pleased to see the care and thoughtfulness as I opened the package and found it gift wrapped with a postcard from my artist! My ""Lady"" is more beautiful than I had imagined! She is front and center on my shelf. I looked every where and found nothing untill I found your beautiful plaque, Luis Martinez Gallardo! Thank you! -This is truly an artist you have to check out, and display proudly in your home.
Saint John/New Brunswick/CANADA
I have just received my second order of work from Luis Martinez Gallardo. Exceptional quality and superb work. I am very pleased with NOVICA.
Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA
Wall Plaque of Our Lady of Guadalupe is fabulous! Crafted with pride and integrity! Shipped from Guadalajara, Mexico to Saint John, New Brunswick in less than 48 hours. It would have been even faster except for a delay for inspection at Canada Customs. I highly recommend this artist and would order from him again. Thoughtfully wrapped and packed very well for a long trip. God Bless!!! Jim P. P.S. Thank you for the Post Card from Guadalajara - wonderful!
San Francisco, CA
Senor Gallardo, Holla y feliz navidad y prospero ano nuevo. Yo compre uno de tus marcos, Spring, para dar a mi madre para navidad. Es guapisimo! Ahora quiero comprar una para mi tambien! La cualidad es increible. Espero que mi madre lo abre, le va a gustar muchisimo!! Gracias por compartir tu don de talento con el mundo. Maria de la Roz
I've just received the 'Gotas de Lluvia' tray I ordered - and it's beautiful. It's the perfect marriage of design, execution and function. I'm really looking forward to getting years of use from the tray. Thank you so very much!
St. Petersburg, Fl USA
The ""Imperial"" Cross that I ordered arrived yesterday. I loved the way the inside package was wrapped and the cross itself was absolutlely beautiful!! Thank you so much for this wonderful addition to my home. I look forward to seeing more things from this artist. Ken Seward
New York, NY/USA
The Peace Lilies sterling mirror I ordered was beautiful and a perfect gift for a young friend's dorm room at school. Thank you so much for your talented work!
Chicago, Illinois, USA
I've puchased two of Mr. Gallardo's trays and both recipients were absolutely thrilled with the originality, workmanship and beauty of their special gifts. Mr. Gallardo is one of my favorite Novica artists and I plan on continuing purchasing lovely items from his collections.
Santa Barbara, CA
I just received the tray I ordered from Luis Martinez Gallardo and WOW!!! What a beautiful piece of workmanship. I bought it as a wedding gift and now I don't want to give it up. It was more than I had expected. I will be buying more from Luis and NOVICA. Thank you so much! Sincerely, Margaret Fletcher
The silver dish far exceeded my expectations! The metal felt as soft as satin! It is a wonderful addition to my new kitchen. Thank you!!
Valparaiso, Indiana, USA
The pewter serving dish I ordered was beautiful; a wonderful blend of artwork and talent.
The centerpiece fashioned and designed by Luis Martinez Gallardo is simple and elegant at the same time. The sleek curves and stunning finish make the piece modern, yet the quality and craftsmanship reveal an old-world attention to detail missing in mass-produced wares. Bravo!
Liberty Lake, WA, USA
I purchased “Christmas Reflections’ as a gift. It is stunning and I can not wait to see my sister’s reaction to its beauty. Thank you.
The mirror I ordered is very beautiful. It arrived in perfect shape, and was nicely packaged with a personal touch. The working on the metal of the mirror frame ismesmerizing. Thanks Luiz!
Llego' el pez. Es precioso y ya esta nadando en la pared en mi bano. !Que divertido!
Everything I have received has been of an extraordinary quality and a wonderful sense of design. My favorite has been the pewter mugs-- they ring like little bells!
The pewter tray that I purchased from you just arrived. It is absolutely beautiful. It is all that I hoped it would be. It enhances my dining room table. It arrived timely and was packed with great care. I definitely will look again at the site when I need to make other purchases. Thank you.