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Clay, Color and Creativity: Artisan Pottery in San Miguel

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These two pots are precisely what I envision when I think of Mexican pottery. They’re bright, colorful, and make a perfect accent. And while they may not work with all decors, there’s no denying their visual impact.

Mexico has a tradition of pottery and ceramics stretching back thousands of years. Even before Pre-Columbian times (and before Mexico was Mexico), pottery was a part of their culture. And if what I saw in the Mercado de Artesanías (Artist’s Market) in San Miguel de Allende is typical, Mexican potters have learned a thing or two in that time.

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I haven’t seen so much vibrant pottery in one place since our trip to Peru. I particularly enjoyed the huge variety of items and color combinations at the Mercado.

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Hands down, my favorite piece was the Day of The Dead Wedding Couple. This is one of the most hilarious and delightful pieces of art that I’ve seen in forever. I liked it so much that I can see this pair sitting atop my tombstone. That would wake up the neighbors.

Happy Trails and RIP,
James

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64 thoughts on “Clay, Color and Creativity: Artisan Pottery in San Miguel

    • Believe me Sue, the thought crossed my mind. I’ve always loved pottery, and took pottery classes for a few years. It’s sometimes hard to resist, but heavy, fragile stuff doesn’t fit the Gallivance lifestyle anymore. But I’m going to stuff my nursing home room with it. ~ James

      • I love that idea. Dave and I often say “When we are sitting in the nursing home won’t we have stories to tell” . The thought of your ‘friends’ sitting there with you makes me smile.

  1. Such pretty pictures! Love the pottery. I’m partial to the blue and white pieces. I have a pot from our trip to San Miguel – it made its way back to Texas and now sits in the hot sun of Dubai.

    • Thanks Lynda. I’ve always loved pottery and it’s hard to resist. We’ve carted pottery home from all over the world, but we’ve had to make a vow of “No Mas”. Heavy, fragile ceramics just don’t fit our lifestyle anymore. But it’s certainly fun to look at and lust over. ~ James

    • I’m with you Alison, I really could take a suitcase-load home with me. But our motto is: “If you buy it, you carry it.” That stops all but the smallest of purchases. Re: Peru, I remember that we were wandering around the old town and stumbled on a wonderful shop chocked full. ~ James

  2. Gorgeous vibrant colors! I’ve always loved Mexican pottery but never had a place for it– but I never thought about putting them on my tombstone lol. You gave me a good laugh this morning. : )

  3. Sounds like you are soaking up all the sights and sounds of Mexico. There was a wonderful art festival near where we lived in Mexico and there was always a life-size Day of the Dead Wedding Couple amongst the treasures…lovely! 🙂

    • Some of these Day of the Dead couples look a little creepy, like Tim Burton characters. But this couple was fabulous. So incredibly colorful, creative, and with a great sense of humor. I’d love to see a life-size version. BTW, where did you live in Mexico? ~ James

    • Thanks for the comment and for dropping by the blog. As you can tell from this post, I’m a big fan of Mexican pottery and ceramics. I think it would be great fun to do a kitchen in Talavera. Where will your house be? ~James

  4. Stunning colour. Great photos.
    Just love that little balcony and doorway. Wish mine looked like that.

    • Steve, soak up that grey, because you certainly won’t be seeing any in SMA. It’s color all the way here. We spent a couple of weeks in Paris in the dead of winter, and it loses some of that romantic appeal that everyone talks about. ~ James

  5. I always love the Day of the Dead statues and paintings in Mexico, James. And they always make me laugh. Interesting how a sense of humor is incorporated into something that could go the other direction. –Curt

    • Curt, we’re in Morelia now and have seen some really fun clay sculptures for the DOD. Apparently, it’s a really big celebration here and in the state. I’m sure some of the photos will show up. Watch this space. ~ James

  6. Awesome! Makes me want to go shopping! … ok, I always like to go shopping, but those dishes are beautiful.
    Love your sense of humour. Those 2 statues on your tombstone would guarantee visitors for a very long time 🙂

  7. Whenever I travel, I have a tendency to want to re-decorate my house with what I find in other locales. This pottery would make me want to paint the kitchen and fill the walls with pottery! Such fun colors!

    • Rusha, I’d love to have a shell of a house, and do the whole thing in Mexican tile, ceramics, and pottery. It would fit right in here in San Miguel, but not sure how it would work in GA. ~ James

  8. I have slowly been collecting small pieces of that glorious Talavera here in Mexico for five months. I WILL carry them home, I’ll just leave my clothes behind….

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