San Bartolo Coyotepec

Black Pottery Village

The black pottery originated in San Bartolo Coyotepec in the 1950s when potters started innovating in order to spur lagging sales after the introduction of plastic. Black pottery is for decorative purposes only: it will not hold water like the traditional grey pottery.
In San Bartolo, you can see potters at work in the traditional manner. This is the way they have worked for thousands of years - only the manner in which the pots are fired has changed.

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