Discovering Oaxaca: San Bartolo Coyotepec Black Clay Artisans – Day 5


Our Visit to San Bartolo Coyotepec


The small town of San Bartolo Coyotepec in Oaxaca is located about 15 km South of Oaxaca, lining both sides of the highway. It is know for its Black Clay or “barro negro”. The “talleres” or workshops, are on the east side and the museum and sales stands are on the right. Some of the talleres also have exhibits and even demonstrations of the process for making black clay pottery.


Black Clay (Barro Negro) Artisans



Our first introduction to the Barro Negro pottery was made the day before in the Tlacolula Tianguis (open air market), where we met Joel Galan and his wife.  They make beautiful cylinders of the black clay with perforations in different patterns. The black clay is then burnished to create a very smooth, almost reflective surface. We bought a number of these black clay cylinders with the intention of making them into pendant lights, so keep your eyes open for them in our showroom in about a month.


No Mas! Barro Negro Collection


Other Barro Negro  items we purchased were: black clay tequila shot glasses, beautiful floreros (vases) – both smooth surface as well as perforated in various sizes, even small animal figures that we will use to display silver jewelry on. Exciting to be finding some new artisan crafts that we haven’t had in our store! Only about half of the stands were attended, so we went to the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca (State Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca). There was a special exhibit and awards presentation of the artisans from the region. It was amazing to see the extent of the art of barro negro of the museum quality from San Bartolo Coyotepec as well as neighboring villages.

Visit our Artisan Market to see all the gleaming Barro Negro pieces and find one to take home with you.



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