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Mexican Oaxacan Silver Jewelry

Black pottery cross from San Bartolo Coyotepec

Black pottery cross from San Bartolo Coyotepec

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This is a beautiful cross made in the Pueblo of San Bartolo Coyotepec. The color of barro negro is derived from the properties of the clay, and is not colored. Traditionally, the clay is molded on plates balanced on rocks to that they can be spun by hand. Modern potters' tools are not used. Large pieces, such as cantaros are fashioned from the bottom up adding clay as the piece grows.After it is shaped, the pieces are set to dry in a well-insulated room to protect them from sudden changes in temperature. Drying can take up to three weeks. If the piece is to be polished so that it turns out shiny black when finished, it is polished when the piece is almost dry. The surface of the piece is lightly moistened and then rubbed with a curved quartz stone. This compacts the surface of the clay and creates the metallic sheen and dark color during firing.  This is also the stage when decorative accents such as clay flowers or small handles are added. This would make a great addition to a collection!
Length 10 1/4 inches 

Width 6 1/4 inches 

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