This large barro rojo bowl comes 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 remain largely unaltered by outside influences and retains rustic, traditional form.
Barro rojo from San Marcos is unglazed but mostly sealed; cooking a batch of atole is often recommended to seal any open pores. Still, some water may filter through the pottery, particularly if left standing overnight.
This piece was fired in an open fire, as is traditional, not in a kiln. As a result, it has beautiful burn marks from the uneven heating. There are other surface irregularities, as can be expected from the process.
- Height: 9cm
- Width: 28cm