Folk Art in San Marcos Tlapazola

This village is just south of Tlacolula in the eastern valley of Oaxaca. San Marcos is where finely-burnished red-clay dishes, pots and cooking griddles (comales) come from. This is a unique earthy-red pottery with a plain elegance that inspires many homes and restaurants in the city to commission special pieces to eat from and to decorate their tables. Comales on the other hand are the basic clay burners on which corn, cacao and chilies have continued to be cooked on for the past 8,000 years.