The manufacture is carried out entirely by craftsmen

The “fabrica” is 400 km north of Mexico. Hugo and his wife Angelica come from families of potters and both are masters of this ancestral art.

Hugo and his wife Angelica come from families of potters and both are masters of this ancestral art.

1 // Preparing the clay

Mexican pottery is made from three types of clay that are mixed, extruded and kneaded.
Blocks are cut into sausage shapes which are rolled out like pastry.

The clay

1 // Preparing the clay

Mexican pottery is made from three types of clay that are mixed, extruded and kneaded.
Blocks are cut into sausage shapes which are rolled out like pastry.

A block of clay

1 // Preparing the clay

Mexican pottery is made from three types of clay that are mixed, extruded and kneaded.
Blocks are cut into sausage shapes which are rolled out like pastry.

Teofilo cuts the rolls

2 // Preparing the tiles

The rolled out slabs are cut to the desired dimensions for the future tiles. These will then rest for a variable drying time depending on the degree of humidity. Once dry, they will undergo a first firing at 984°C. As it is being fired, the clay that was originally grey gradually turns to shades of purple.

Leandro cuts the tiles

2 // Preparing the tiles

The rolled out slabs are cut to the desired dimensions for the future tiles. These will then rest for a variable drying time depending on the degree of humidity. Once dry, they will undergo a first firing at 984°C. As it is being fired, the clay that was originally grey gradually turns to shades of purple.

Gas-fired kiln

2 // Preparing the tiles

The rolled out slabs are cut to the desired dimensions for the future tiles. These will then rest for a variable drying time depending on the degree of humidity. Once dry, they will undergo a first firing at 984°C. As it is being fired, the clay that was originally grey gradually turns to shades of purple.

Tiles after the first firing, Cristobal sorts the tiles

3 // Decorating and finishing

After this first firing, the tiles are coated with a layer of white glaze and are then left to dry for 24 hrs. They are then ready to be decorated. The design is applied onto the tile using a piping bag. The second firing completes the decorating and glazing process.

Felipe, Juan and Gabriel apply the Mexican white

3 // Decorating and finishing

After this first firing, the tiles are coated with a layer of white glaze and are then left to dry for 24 hrs. They are then ready to be decorated. The design is applied onto the tile using a piping bag. The second firing completes the decorating and glazing process.

Lilian and Lucy apply the design with a piping bag

3 // Decorating and finishing

After this first firing, the tiles are coated with a layer of white glaze and are then left to dry for 24 hrs. They are then ready to be decorated. The design is applied onto the tile using a piping bag. The second firing completes the decorating and glazing process.

Jovita paints

3 // Decorating and finishing

After this first firing, the tiles are coated with a layer of white glaze and are then left to dry for 24 hrs. They are then ready to be decorated. The design is applied onto the tile using a piping bag. The second firing completes the decorating and glazing process.

With care

3 // Decorating and finishing

After this first firing, the tiles are coated with a layer of white glaze and are then left to dry for 24 hrs. They are then ready to be decorated. The design is applied onto the tile using a piping bag. The second firing completes the decorating and glazing process.

Maricela paints a basin

4 // Creating a red design

Tiles with red decoration take a long time to make (20 minutes per tile) and demand much patience and attention to detail.

Step 1: Application of a layer of wax in order to prevent the white glaze overflowing onto the red, followed by drying and then glazing at 999°C

Juan applies a coat of wax

4 // Creating a red design

Tiles with red decoration take a long time to make (20 minutes per tile) and demand much patience and attention to detail.

Step 1: Application of a layer of wax in order to prevent the white glaze overflowing onto the red, followed by drying and then glazing at 999°C

Applying the white design

4 // Creating a red design

Tiles with red decoration take a long time to make (20 minutes per tile) and demand much patience and attention to detail.

Step 1: Application of a layer of wax in order to prevent the white glaze overflowing onto the red, followed by drying and then glazing at 999°C

Always with great attention to detail

4 // Creating a red design

Tiles with red decoration take a long time to make (20 minutes per tile) and demand much patience and attention to detail.

Step 2: Application of a layer of red glaze followed by drying time of 24 hours

Fabian applies the red glaze

4 // Creating a red design

Tiles with red decoration take a long time to make (20 minutes per tile) and demand much patience and attention to detail.

Step 3: Using a needle, the red glaze that is covering the white design has to be removed before firing the tile a second time at 955°C

Valeria removes the red glaze from the white design

4 // Creating a red design

Tiles with red decoration take a long time to make (20 minutes per tile) and demand much patience and attention to detail.

Step 3: Using a needle, the red glaze that is covering the white design has to be removed before firing the tile a second time at 955°C

Step by step

4 // Creating a red design

Tiles with red decoration take a long time to make (20 minutes per tile) and demand much patience and attention to detail.

Step 3: Using a needle, the red glaze that is covering the white design has to be removed before firing the tile a second time at 955°C

Finishing with cotton buds

4 // Creating a red design

Tiles with red decoration take a long time to make (20 minutes per tile) and demand much patience and attention to detail.

Step 3: Using a needle, the red glaze that is covering the white design has to be removed before firing the tile a second time at 955°C

High precision