Mercados de Artesanias — Metepec, Mexico

About an hour and a half west of Mexico City and just outside Toluca, lies the city of Metepec a place rich with a history of clay artisans. During a recent visit to Mercados de Artesanias (“Artisans’ Market”), we learned how clay from the surrounding area becomes ornate artwork molded and painted by hand. As a child, I remember the large Arbol de Vida (“Tree of Life”) in my aunt’s home. I had no idea the amount of detail that goes into making each one.

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Entrance to Mercado de Artesanias in Metepec, Mexico.
Reefs to Rockies Mexico eco tours Metepec Mercado de Artesanias
Mashing the clay into fine powder.
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Straining the clay.
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After straining, water is added and then seeds from a cattail (Typha sp.).
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Molding the clay.
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Finished products at Mercado de Artesanias, Metepec, Mexico.
Reefs to Rockies Mexico eco tours Metepec Mercado de Artesanias
Finished products at Mercados de Artesanias, Metepec, Mexico.