Earth, Fire, Food
Discover the Deep Heart, Hearth, and Craft of Oaxacan Pottery Traditions
As you may know, Oaxaca is famous for its pottery traditions. However, much of the rooted, Oaxacan pottery traditions, both technical and philosophical, are being neglected, even forgotten. Over the course of a full day we will visit a family of three generations of potters actively engaged in the collective rememberance of their craft.
We will explore the process of turning clay into ceramics, each step being undertaken and taught together. Moreover, we will be getting our hands dirty learning the living alchemy of earth and fire, listening to master storytellers, and discovering the old relationships between the fire that cooks our pottery that cooks our food.
Earth, Fire, and Food includes:
- a day-long, hands-on workshop on the Oaxacan pottery-making process, from the raw materials to the finished product
- a metate-made chocolate demonstration and tasting
- a delicious, organic, home-cooked meal,
- a parting gift for our guests from our hosts, selected specially for this session
When: Two Saturdays a Month (see calendar), 9am-4pm, Reservations Required
Where: Santa Maria Atzompa.
How: Driving. We will leave and return to Oaxaca City by car or van.
Important: This is a very rare and sensitive invitation. Therefore, we invite guests to proceed with respect for the traditions and hospitality of our hosts. As a result, this includes no photography or audio-visual recording of any kind. Guests are welcome to bring a pen and paper to take notes on. Likewise, There will be an opportunity for a group photo at the end of each session.
To begin, Oaxaca can be a difficult place for people with severe allergies or dietary restrictions. Therefore, please advise us in advance of any restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate our guests. This session’s meals can be prepared vegetarian, if we are given due notice. As a result, severe allergies most likely cannot be accommodated for this class. For vegans or those with any other strict restrictions, we invite you to bring along a meal in a container. In addition, we would be able to store and heat it for you, if needed.
First and foremost, we do not have adequate medical training. Therefore, if you have a medical condition or carry medicines/tools with you, please advise us in advance. We will do our best to help in whatever way we can. However, we are not responsible for your health. Know your body. Know your requirements. Please, inform us of your issues.
Price (per person): $1500MXN (includes private transportation to/from Oaxaca City, translator, full session, early snack and late lunch, metate-made chocolate demonstration and tasting, offerings, parting gift to take home with you)
Minimum 4 people per session
All reservations can be made by following the link below. Once on the checkout page, full payment is required to reserve your spot on this session.
Cancellations must be made in writing, via email at least 48 hours before the session, otherwise you forfeit payment guaranteed at that point for our staff and hosts. Therefore, there are no refunds for cancellations. Instead, guests can reschedule for the same scheduled session, within a year from the original scheduled session date, as long as the minimum number of guests are met.