Making Change Through Clay

Every Friday

This journey is about potters and change. It is an experience that is a lovely blend of traditional arts, responsible tourism and innovative creativity. And it’s hands-on, you’ll get mud under your fingernails and a precious peek at wise old ways


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.


* 5 hour experience (9 a.m. to 2p.m.)
* Private Transportation
* Bilingual guide
* Lunch at the home of the collective's potter
* Hotel pick-up
* Hands-on




Join us!

Rate: US$85 p/p
SPECIAL PRICE: If we have 3 or more passengers, the price drops to $65 each. Bravo!

1. Reserve your spot on the BOOK NOW button. We'll require full payment to guarantee your seat.
2. Booking in advance. Since we are visiting the homes of artisans and traditional chefs we need a minimum of 36 hours to reserve a tour in order to make the proper arrangements with them.
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3. Small groups. Our day groups are always small; no more than 10 people per tour, so not to overwhelm our hosts, and so our visits can be personal and meaningful.
4. Cancellations. You have up to 4 days prior to your tour time to email and cancel your tour with no penalty incurred. A US$35 fee per person will be charged if you cancel less than 4 days prior to your scheduled tour time. Cancellations less than 24 hours prior to tour date are non-refundable.
5. Traditions Mexico takes you beyond the standard sites visited by tourists and travellers and into the wonderful and authentic wilds of backcactus Mexico. As a result we will see things that other visitors seldom or never see. Our travellers should bring with them a willingness to get off-the-beaten-track and a curiosity to see the real world in its true and wondrous colors.
6. Our trips are lead by unique individuals who are more cultural ambassadors than guides. They are specialists and aficionados, authors and long-term students of the cultures of Oaxaca, experienced, involved, and totally in love with what they do!
7. Minimum numbers apply. We require a minimum of 2 travellers to run a trip

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