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Mexican Folk Pottery Tradition


The most dominant of Mexico’s crafts is in the pottery arts. Ceramics was considered one of the highest art forms during the Aztec Empire, the knowledge of making pottery is said to have come from the god Quetzalcoatl himself. The cultural trait of using bold mixtures of vivid colours in art and fabrics was also prevalent in the rich pallete of colours used in traditional Mexican pottery decoration.

The abundance of colours in crafts and other constructions extended back into pre-Hispanic times. Pyramids, temples, murals, textiles and religious objects were painted or coloured with ochre red, bright green, burnt orange, various yellows and turquoise.


  Tlaxcala Palacio de Gobierno – Part of a mural  created  by Desiderio Hernandez Xochitiotzin.

Pre-Hispanic pottery was made by coiling the clay into consecutive circles up the sides, followed by scraping and molding the coiled work until the coils could no longer be detected.The Hispanic wares were not glazed, but rather burnished and painted with coloured fine clay slips.  The Spanish introduced the potters’ wheel and new glazing techniques, including Majolica. The colourful Majolica suited the Mexican aesthetic and the Talavera pottery is renowned for its variety of Majolica and its mixture of Arab, Chinese, Spanish and indigenous design influences. Also a “ Baroque “ influence  developed with a predominance of curved lines and intricate detail. This hybrid of styles was adopted by the local folk art pottery scene with most potters working in family workshops, and everyone participating in the process.
In the very early colonial period, the native artisan classes were persecuted and their art traditions were virtually destroyed, as many of the designs and techniques they used were linked to pre-Hispanic religious practices, which the Spaniards wanted replaced with Christianity. However, technically they benefited from the new crafts and new craft techniques which were introduced from Europe which were often taught to indigenous and mestizo people at the missions. Their knowledge of majolica helped them become competitive with pottery exporting. Fortunatel, many of their ancient pottery styles were rediscovered from archaeological excavations which helped the indigenous artists re-connect with some of their lost traditions. The pottery ranged from the purely decorative – religious statues, musician miniatures and muñecas ( dolls )– to the utilitarian: jugs, planters, cazuelas ( cooking pots ), small plates, chargers, salsa dishes and cups.



bowl carved with serpents and human figures.

Mexico Mayan bowl carved with serpents and human forms, most likely a scene of the underworld    539 AD.

( met museum )





Angelica Vasquez Cruz – Angelica infuses indigenous legends and Mexican history into  her pieces.



Arbol Sirena by mexfolkarts

Arbol Sirena – mexfolkarts



Arnulfo Vasquez

Arnulfo Vasquez charger





  Tall vase decorated with the Virgen de Guadalupe used to decorate a shrine to the Virgin in Santa Maria Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico

( Karen Elwell – Flickr )




Colonial Talavera design dish

Colonial Talavera dish



Jose Luis Cortez Hernandez large pot Mexico

Jose Luis Cortez Hernandez large lidded pot, Mexico



Jose Luis Cortez Hernandez Mexican folk art

 Jose Luis Cortez Hernandez Mexican folk art pottery






 Dolores Porras

Dolores Porras, an important folk artist from  Oaxaca, Mexico.  She was born in 1937 in Santa Maria Atzompa into a pottery making family. She grew up poor and could not go to school, beginning to make pottery when she was 13 years old and had a career that spanned over 50 years.

( 1937 – 2010 )

Photo Norma Hawthorne


This  pot by Dolores Porras exemplifies her decorative narrative,  with her use of iguanas and flowers.

Dolores Porras, the DVD

Dolores Porras clay figurine

Dolores Porras clay figurine


Dolores Porras pottery figurine –  Artista Artesana de Barro.

( Karen Elwell – flickr )





Miguel Fabian Pedro mexican cermaic

Miguel Fabian Pedro -San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca






 Faustino Avelino Blanco Núñez




Galeria del Sol Alexander

Galeria del Sol Alexander



Jar Mexico (Puebla),

Jar Mexico (Puebla), 1700 – 1750

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston



Jose Garcia Antonio

Jose Garcia Antonio terracotta statue



Juana Gomez Ramirez

Juana Gomez Ramirez decorating panthers on a large pot.




Juan-Santos finishing a monumental vessel

Juan-Santos finishing a monumental ceramic vessel.



Nahua Pottery Mexico

Nahua Pottery Pitcher Mexico



man riding a bull candle holder

Man riding a bull candle holder

Talavera Virgin of Guadalupe Mexico

 Uriarte Talavera -Virgin of Guadalupe, Puebla

( .marcobeteta.com/blog/mundo )




 Mexican artist Irma García Blanco standing with two of her statues in clay.

Santa María Atzompa, Oaxaca, México.




Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez



Sara Ernestina.Garcia.Mendoza pottery

Sara Ernestina García Mendoza (daughter of José Garcia )


Clay Statuette of the Chupícuaro

Statuette of the Chupícuaro






Teodora Blanco



Craft of Uruap Tianguis

Pottery craft of Uruap Tianguis





Mexican lidded bowl with-handles

Tonala or Tlaquepaque lidded bowl with handles

( PocasCosasArts )




Tonala pottery vessel Flickr--Dee Kincke

 Tonala pottery vessel

( Flickr –Dee Kincke )





UriarteTalavera plate

UriarteTalavera plate





West Mexico Woman ceramic figure

West Mexico Woman ceramic figure

( Saint Louis Art Museum )



Talavera Water Pitcher with vivid colours---Zinnia Folk Arts

Talavera Water Pitcher with vivid colours—Zinnia Folk Arts



Twin spout pot large - Angel Ortiz

Large twin spout pot   – Angel Ortiz





 Woman with pot garden sculpture by Jose Garcia Antonino who is  a blind Oaxaca Folk Art sculptor.

( http://oaxacaculture.com/ )





Caras de Talavera --- Flickr

Caras de Talavera — Flickr





México Vasija mixteca

México Vasija mixteca





cortez pot large

Jose Luis Cortez Hernandez – Large lidded jar

José Luis Cortéz Hernández was presented with the “Ángel Carranza Award” at the 2013 Premio Nacional de la Ceramica in Tlaquepaque by Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto.


Jose Luis Cortez Hernandez  cannister



Talavera-Sun and Moon wall plaque---Dolores-Hidalgo-Gto

Talavera-Sun and Moon wall sculpture—Dolores-Hidalgo-Gto

Jose Luis Cortez Hernandez – Large lidded jar with a panther motif

When Jose was asked where he got his inspiration from for his pottery shapes, he said, “I just feel the shape as I work with the clay.”

Nahua Painted Jar Mexico

A Nahua Painted Jar Mexico




Jacobo-AngelesTimid-Owl ceramic red owl

Jacobo Angeles – ‘Timid Owl’




Jesus-Guerrero-Santos- Mexican ceramic vessel with silver decoration

Mexican ceramica meastro – Jesus Guerrero Santos lidded vessel with silver metal features.

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Jesus Guerrero Santos lidded ceramic urn with silver metal embellishment

Tureen – Jesus Guerrero Santos




Jesus Guerrero Santos two matching vessels with ceramic body and silver lid, handles and base

Jesus Guerrero Santos




Jesus Guerrero Santos lidded baluster vessel with religious figure motif

Jesus Guerrero Santos




Tureen – Jesus Guerrero Santos

See more of Jesus Guerrero Santos at http://www.jgs.com.mx/



Mexican folk art sculpture - wo,men collecting pine cones

Mexican folk art sculpture – women collecting pine cones




Tree-of-Life-Oaxaca pottery

Oaxaca Tree Of Life

This ceramic arbol de vida or tree of life belongs to the folk art collection at Casa Panchita, a delightful guest house in Oaxaca Mexico.

Karen Elwell – flickr