For almost four thousand years the potters of Oaxaca have supplied this land with it’s necessary kitchenwares. The potter’ skills have been passed on, mother to daughter, generation after generation. It all worked quite well until the plastic bucket, tin can and aluminum pot lurched onto the scene a few decades ago and pottery began to be pushed aside. An ancient trade and lifeway is coming apart. Today we meet the change makers of Innovando la Tradicion, people who are looking for creative solutions to this challenge, building bridges between ancient and modern. We begin the day learning about their entrepreneurial work at their Oaxaca City office, then head to a nearby pottery village to spend a relaxed and playful morning at the home workshop of one of the collective’s potters, learning about her trade, the changes in her life brought through being a partner with Innovando la Tradición, and getting our hands in the clay so that we can truly feel the story of Oaxacan clay.
Meet the potters from the collective, here.
A Change & Maker Experience
We highlight traditional makers (artisans, rural chefs, farmers) collaborating with innovative change makers (social entrepreneurs, cooperatives, etc) doing good work that makes a difference for the lives and lifeways of traditional people. A percentage of your tour price supports the artisans and change maker organizations we partner with. And your presence and interest are priceless nods of approval to people working against the odds to make a difference.