Francisco creates these pieces using techniques that have been handed down for generations. But he takes it one step further. He adds unusual natural elements to his work, items he grows by hand. The sap and leaves of organic copal and tobacco help create his smoky black colour. Other hues from cream to orange and aqua are created using natural elements he sources from a local mine.
And this is the magic of Oaxaca. Rooted in history, each artist has a specific source of mud and sand – and elements – that are used to bring a unique style to their finished pieces.
Francisco has perfected his craft, creating classic and elegant handmade clay objects that combine the wisdom of tradition with the power of innovation.