Pascual Albores Cervantes, native of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas has always made clay figures of the region but in 2013, he registered as a merchant. His products are made from clay and they consist of very original designs. Pascual molds clay he collects in the Municipality and hand paints all his designs. Among his most common designs we can find crosses, traditional characters, pigeons, suns, plates with flowers, etc.
Pottery in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas is an activity that started during the pre-Hispanic period, when the technical and aesthetic importance began to matter. Pottery artisans preserved the concept of shape, color, decorations and usage as symbols of cultural identity. It is an occupation that covers all regions of the State of Chiapas and it is used in both the indigenous and mestizo communities. The most used technique is molding by hand and burning in an open sky; aside from the usage of a lathe, casts and embroidered clay. It is rather common to use natural clay for the finishes, even when using slipware, burnishing and graffito. The simplicity of shapes and the quality and refinement makes pottery from Chiapas to have a special place within the context of pottery artisans of Mexico.
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