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Hands in Clay

This experience follows our Covid Protocol. Please make sure to go over our protocol and to only reserve an experience if you´re in complete agreement with the terms.

After two years of oggling at the work created in Coatlicue´s studio, we finally started to get our hands into the clay. (We´ll spare you images of our first couple of attempts.) There are few things more satisfying and pure than creating art with earth. That being said, we are excited to work with three generations of women in this studio to bring to you our new “Hands in Clay” experiences, where we´ll have the opportunity to do just that. Let´s learn about this ancestral practice and beautiful art form, followed by a chance to feel the earth between our fingers.

What to Expect

Step One: Read our Covid Protocol. If you agree with these terms and practices, write to us and request this experience, telling us how many people are in your small group and what your dates of availability are. Let us know where we’re staying so that we can arrange to pick you up on the agreed-upon date.

Step Two: Once we’ve found a date that works for our hosts and for your group, we will send you a Paypal request for a deposit for your experience. This deposit is non-refundable. In case of an emergency with our hosts, we will do our best to reschedule with you at a mutually-convenient time. If that is not possible, we will refund your deposit.

Step Three: We will pick you up at 9 a.m. from your central location the day of your experience.

We´ll get to spend the day with our host family, who will lead us through the opportunity to create a ceramic piece of our own. We´ll take a chance to breathe and immerse ourselves in the intersection between tradition, utility, design, and art. We´ll also learn about the larger context of sustainability in which this practice has existed for thousands of years. And since we like to get to the heart of the matter, Doña Ana Maria and her daughter Ana will also talk to us about the personal and sociological implications of their work as women in their industry.

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Experience Includes

  • Transportation (Leaving from/returning to a central location in Oaxaca de Juárez
  • Visit to Coatlicue´s studio in Atzompa
  • Talk given by Doña Ana Maria and/or her daughter, Ana
  • Personalized instruction on how to create a piece of pottery, catered to your level of experience
  • All materials necessary to create your piece
  • Typical Lunch at their home/studio (Vegetarian or Vegan options available with advanced notice)
  • Translation from Spanish to English if/when necessary

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Logistics and Cost

Time Involvement – 6 Hours

Transportation – Provided: Transportation

Costs and Minimums  1650 MXN

Children – Are invited to participate at same cost due to materials.

There is a minimum of 3 people required to schedule this experience.

Depending on the size of the piece you create, it will most likely require 1-2 weeks to dry fully before being able to be fired. You are welcome to take your piece “as-is” (to be kept as a souvenir or fired for greater durability at a later point), or to leave your piece in the studio for the next firing. If you are still in Oaxaca 1-2 weeks later when the pieces have been fired, we can arrange to have your piece brought to Tlayudona for pick-up at that time.

Coatlicue can also arrange international shipping of your piece at an additional cost, but be aware that this service tends to be expensive. (If the pieces are fired prematurely, they will crack or even explode in the kiln.)