Our Mexico: Culture

Dona Sophia making black pottery in Oaxaca

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The second of our Our Mexico web-ad series focuses on Culture in Mexico (click here to view the full ad). The main image in the culture ad was taken on a recent Journey Mexico trip through Central & Southern Mexico and features a woman named Doña Sophia. For nearly a century, Doña Sophia has been hand-making pottery in Oaxaca that when fired in a certain fashion, turns jet black. She is one of the few ceramic makers in Mexico who still turn the clay by hand instead of using a wheel. As she’s aged, Doña Sophia has been teaching her family to make the famous black pottery so that they can carry on the tradition after she is gone.

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