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City: Oxaca
Country: Mexico
Years Experience:
Barro Negro or Black Clay found in Oaxaca
Learned from:
His parents
Ermundo has been creating black clay pieces for almost all of his life
Oaxacan nature
Ermundo hopes to provide a good life for his two sons


The Artisan Ermundo, is and old handcraft man, who is working the clay since he was 15 years old. He likes the clay and he loves to so called cook it and make it black. He says the black clay makes an fine sound. He lives alone, as his 2 sons left to search for a better places"Barro negro pottery "black clay" is a style of pottery from S. Bartolo de Coyotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico distinguished by its color, sheen and unique designs.Oaxaca is one of few Mexican states which is characterized by the continuance of its ancestral crafts, which are still used in everyday life. Barro negro is one of several pottery traditions in the state, which also include the glazed green pieces of Santa Mari­a Atzompa. However, barro negro is one the best known and most identified with the state. It is also one of the most popular and appreciated styles of pottery in Mexico.The origins of this pottery style extends as far back as the Monte Alban period and for almost all of this pottery's history, had been available only in a grayish matte finish. In the 1950s, a potter named Dona Rosa devised a way to put a black metallic like sheen onto the pottery by polishing it before firing. This look has made the pottery far more popular. From the 1980s to the present, an artisan named Carlomagno Pedro Martinez has promoted items made this way with barro negro sculptures which have been exhibited in a number of countries.

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