Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Black Pottery of Oaxaca is not black to begin with. At a critical point in firing, fuel is added to the fire, and the potter rapidly seals all openings to the kiln, producing thick smoke that impregnates the pieces with carbon. Before firing, the surfaces of the pots are burnished with a quartz stone to give them a metal sheen.

In her last years, Dona Rosa of San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca became a living legend. This small and fragile woman could hand-throw large and graceful jars on a primitive wheel. Visitors and collectors from all over the world came to her village to see her black clay pottery.

Today, many years after her death, Dona Rosa's son continues creating the beautiful and unique black pots that his mother made famous

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