These barro rojo bowls come from the town of San Marcos Tlapazola in Oaxaca’s Valles Centrales region. San Marcos is known for its distinctive form of burnished, fired red clay pottery. The work from the village remains largely unaltered by outside influences and retains rustic, traditional form.
These pieces were fired in an open fire, as is traditional, not in a kiln. As a result, they have beautiful burn marks from the uneven heating. There are other surface irregularities, such as exposed sand granules, that are typical of the process and the type of clay used in San Marcos.
Each of the bowls is about the same size and shape; there is some variation in dimension and form between all of them. They do stack nicely, although I prefer to keep each stack no higher than four or five pieces arranged face down.
These bowls are versatile size that I use for just about everything, from soups and salads to bowls of oatmeal or rice and beans.
- Diameter: 16cm