hand made objects by Zapotecs, Mixes, and...


San Marcos Tlapazola

The Zapotec women who create these pieces believe in the power of clay and its ability to listen and transform. They start with digging out soil and carrying it on their backs back to their studio. This red soil is then mixed with water and sand to make a simple clay that is free-formed without any use of a wheel and cooked in open air.

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San Bartolo Coyotepec

The origins of barro negro pottery extend over centuries, with examples of it found at archeological sites, fashioned mostly into jars and other utilitarian items. The color of barro negro is due to the properties of the clay, and is not colored. The pieces are then fired in unground pits or above ground kilns, using wood fires that heat the objects to between 700 and 800 °C.

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