Mexican Pottery


I fell in like with these huge Frida pottery statues, just look at the little detail 3-d Fridas derived from her paintings. Wish I had seen these earlier and planned my suitcases differently. The shop owner was kind enough and allowed me to take pictures. Will have to look for such next time. Like both different styles equally, would have been hard to pick just one anyway. More traditional pottery at the end of the post. I just love Frida, skulls and skeletons 😉

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Hab mich gleich in diese riesigen getöpferten Frida-Statuen verguckt, schau Dir mal die 3d-Figuren nach ihren Gemälden an. Hab sie leider erst am Ende entdeckt und hatte keinen Platz mehr im Gepäck. Ob sie überhaupt ins Handgepäck gepasst hätten? Doch der Ladenbesitzer ließ mich wenigstens Fotos machen. Muß das nächste Mal nach sowas Ausschau halten. Mag beide Stile, wer weiß, ob ich mich sowieso hätte entscheiden können. Eher traditionel Getöpfertes gibt’s am Ende des Beitrags. Ich mag halt Frida und Skelette 😉

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Fun pottery: earrings and charms.  ¡Viva Frida!
Witziges aus Ton: Ohrringe und Anhänger. ¡Viva Frida!


These come as necklaces and bracelets.
Diese gab’s als Ketten oder Armbänder.


Pottery insects *** Toninsekte


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This is my very own small Frida pottery received years ago as a gift.
Meine eigene kleine Fridafigur, vor Jahren geschenkt bekommen.


*** Pottery artist Doña Sofia Reyes ***


We were fortunate to visit pottery artist Doña Sofia Reyes, such a sweet little woman! At the age of bel-and-sofia-reyes-pottery-artist-mexico87, she is still creating gorgeous pottery artwork. She has been doing pottery all her life, is completely self-taught and you should see how fast and accurately she does it using the most simple tools (see video below and see how she started out from scratch here). What surprised me though was to find out that the absence of oxygen (they remove it towards the end of the firing process) makes the clay turn into a beautiful black – all natural, nothing painted!  The shiny silvery look is achieved by sanding the area prior to drying (then firing). Below are some pictures from her workshop.


Wir hatten das Glück Doña Sofia Reyes (Getöpfertes) kennenzulernen, was für eine kleine liebe Frau! Im alter von 87 stellt sie noch herrliche Tongegenstände her. Sie töpfert schon ihr ganzes Leben lang, hat es sich selbst beigebracht und Du solltest sehen, wie schnell und exakt sie mit den einfachsten Gegenständen arbeitet  (s. Video unten und hier ist der Anfang des Krugs). Was mich jedoch überraschte war zu erfahren, dass gegen Ende des Brennprozesses der Sauerstoff entfernt wird und deshalb der Ton komplett schwarz wird! Der glänzende Effekt wird vor dem Trocknen (dann Brennen) mit Schmirgelpapier erzielt. Ganz einfach, gewußt wie! Unten sind Werke aus ihrer Werkstatt.

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Pottery artist Doña Sofia Reyes

20 responses to “Mexican Pottery

  1. The huge Frida dolls are amazing! I’m surprised you resisted. Must have been expensive. The woman certainly knows how to work with pottery, great videos.

  2. wunderschöne fridas, tolle idee mit den bilder-röcken! die kleinen teufelchen und totenköpfe sehen lustig aus als kette und ohrschmuck. schön, dich immer wieder auf deinen reisen “begleiten” zu dürfen

  3. Wow!! what awesome pottery! and what an amazing woman, at 87 , to be creating pottery!
    Just beautiful stuff! Lucky you , Belinda!

  4. Truly amazing work. So very beautiful!!!

  5. The dolls and pottery are amazing Belinda!!!!!!
    I LOVE those cool spider people!!!!!!!!! FUNKY and fun! Hoping you are well! Sending a hug your way xoxoxo

  6. WOW, how amazing. Great blog, love it.

  7. Love the Frida pottery… so much detail and colour!!! I dont know how you were able to leave it behind until next time.

    Jacky xox

  8. WOW – and this at her age?? That’s what I call true passion. Wonderful. Glad to see you had a great time!

    Loves…. xox

  9. Belinda, I love it all!! Thanks so much for including the video of Dona Sofia! What an amazing woman!!…..And speaking of amazing women….I have a couple of awards for you on my blog….please stop by and take them!! XOXO

  10. Danke dir für den wunderschönen Bericht. Die Friedas sind wirklich ein Traum, also die hätte ich nicht stehen lassen können.

  11. ich liebe deine berichte und von allem deine schöne fotos! danke dir!:-)

  12. Wow, that lady still is amazing at her age. Need to watch it again, especially the other video where she spins the clay around like she was 20! The Frida dolls are most amazing. Keep sharing your adventures.

  13. Great video, fascinating, the senora has been doing that for many years I am sure! I bet next time you’ll go over with an empty suitcase 😉

  14. Looks like you are having a wonderful time. I love the frida insects!

  15. We bought two pieces of pottery from this lady in 1976, unless there is more than one lady making black pottery. I am quite sure there was only one when we were there.

    I am looking at one of the pieces as I type this. The other piece broke years ago.

  16. Such impressive post.
    Love the Frida Pottery Statue , love each and every details of it.

  17. Jorge AKA Aquel

    Hola Belinda. ¿Estuviste en Oaxaca? ¡Me da mucho gusto que hayas venido y hayas disfrutado de la gran oferta de artes plásticas que ofrece Oaxaca! Te mando un abrazo y un saludo afectuoso. 😉

  18. Отличный блог, интересное и полезное содержание!

  19. She is a beautiful young old lady and wears nice colours. Her hands are fast and sure at what they’re doing, and she does it with her whole body and mind.

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