This ceramic object is handmade in a small village in the state of Oaxaca by a handful of women carrying on a pottery tradition unchanged since pre-Hispanic period. The distinctive aspect of this pottery is the brushstroke-like decoration, a natural dye, applied after firing in the kiln. The little hand is a symbol of the hard work of potters keeping up an ancient tradition at risk of disappearing.
Dimensions: L 12 x W 9 cm
Made in: Santo Domingo Tonaltepec , Oaxaca, Mexico
Designer: Colectivo 1050º
Artisans Community: Santo Domingo Tonaltepec
About The Designer
Designers Kythzia Barrera and Diego Mier y Terán set up a non-profit organisation called Innovando la Tradición and created COLECTIVO 1050º, as the retail side of the project offering a group of distinctive clay objects.
Run as cooperative COLECTIVO 1050º promotes a fair and sustainable model that represents more than 50 potters in six different communities in the region of Oaxaca. Each object is created collectively and merge the wisdom of tradition with the dynamism of innovation under the motto ‘Together, we turn mud into beauty’.
Each beautiful object selected for our collection bring the magic of fire, earth and water to your home and it’s a treasure to cherish.
About The Technique
Santo Domingo Tonaltepec is one of the few places in the world using vegetable pigments to decorate pottery. The pieces are fired in a stone oven which may have pre-Hispanic origins. Afterwards each piece is dyed with expressive splashes of tannin pigment (tree bark ink). This beautiful example of pottery is hard to find and the tradition is in danger of disappearing. Since 2015, Colectivo 1050 ° collaborates with three families from this village supporting the development of their trade by fostering innovation and provide them access to new markets.