Just 20 minutes north of the center of Oaxaca City, Santa María de Atzompa is known for unique ceramic pieces finished with a rich green glaze using a process that dates back to the 16th century.
The clay is brought from the mines in San Lorenzo Cacautepec on donkey, as it has been done for hundreds of years. Many families still make the pieces using a foot-powered or hand-powered pottery wheel.
In the past, the green glaze was an effect made by the lead monoxide applied to the clay's surface after firing. Now, lead-free glazes are used so that the pieces are food-safe.
The work produced in Santa María de Atzompa is predominantly beautiful kitchenware. This is a tour you won't want to miss!