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MUJERES DEL BARRO ROJO
FEMINIST COLLECTIVE MOLDING RED CLAY IN A RURAL ZAPOTEC TOWN
The rural Zapotec village of San Marcos is home to Casa de las Mateo whose matriarch, Macrina Mateo, boldly carved out a market for her region's once neglected natural resource, red clay, when her town’s livelihood was dwindling. Along with her family she challenged tradition and embraced innovation leading to a collective that honors heritage design while adapting to an evolving aesthetic.
The result is a vast collection of ceramic objects, from traditional Mexican comales and mezcal copitas to more exploratory designs for tabletop and functional items. The clay is first collected mountainside and carried down by foot before going through a seasonal filtering, drying, and rehydration process. Primed for molding and firing, each piece is then shaped by hand, no two exactly alike.
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