Oaxacan Pottery – The perfect souvenir
Oaxacan pottery is quite varied in form, colour and style, as you can clearly see if you visit the colourful artisan market (Mercado de Artesanias), or even the stalls that sell Mexican ceramics within the local markets. The pottery from the Oaxacan village of San Bartolo comes in either a matt black or a shiny black colour only, but with the most imaginative shapes you will find. In contrast the pottery from the Oaxacan village of atzompa comes in either a simple beige base colour with colourful appendages or simple terracotta designs with shiny green enamel. These are completely different again to pottery from the Oaxacan village of San Marcos Tlapazola whose signature domestic pottery pieces have a deep red colour. This is different again to the pottery found in the small coastal village of Vista Hermosa Tonaltepec.
Should you wish to investigate further this article onOaxaca’s pottery might be helpful.
Black pottery is seen all over the markets and artesian shops throughout the state of Oaxaca and beyond but all black pottery comes from the small village of San Bartolo Coyotepec near to Oaxaca airport. These delightful pieces of pottery make great souvenirs and because every piece is handmade, no two pieces are the same.
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There are a number of villages that produce pottery in Oaxaca; one very important one is San Bartolo Coytepec which has been assigned its own page. Other important pottery producing villages are Atzompa and San Marcos Tlapazola which produce very different styles of pottery. The fantastic work of these two villages can be seen in the villages themselves and in Oaxaca’s markets.
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