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Handmade domestic wares have been replaced by mass produced cheaper ceramic.
In order to survive, most Mexican pottery styles have shifted to decorative pieces.
Contemporary Mexican Pottery reflects the cultural background of Mexican history.
The Spanish techniques, especially the glazing and firing; the Native shapes, colors and patterns; the Arabic influences brought in by the Spaniards and the colors and shapes from China, can be seen in many pottery styles throughout the country.
This village near Guadalajara has a clay working heritage dating back to prehispanic times.
Pantaleon became internationally known for his clay busts and figurines and created a tradition that lasts till today.
Nowadays the most recognized Majolica workshops are "Gorky Gonzalez", "Capelo" and "Ceramica Santa Rosa".
Talavera de Puebla is a majolica style pottery made in Puebla with the same techniques used in Colonial times.
Mexican majolica pottery was first made in Puebla in the 16th Century spreading later to Guanajuato and Aguascalientes.
The most popular and successful Mexican pottery styles today are: The Black Clay (Barro Negro) from San Bartolo Coyotepec in Oaxaca had been used by Zapotecs since pre-Hispanic times, but it was Rosa Real de Nieto, aka Doña Rosa, who discovered how to give the clay its now typical shiny black color.
The Multicolored Clay (Barro Policromado) from Izucar de Matamoros, a small community with an extensive pottery tradition, is widely appreciated for its delicate drawings and bright colors; the town's pottery became internationally known thanks to Alfonso Castillo Orta's expertise and creativity.
Among the most representative models in this style are the incense burners and the tree of life candle holders.
Nahuatl folk painting can be fully appreciated in the Barro Pintado colorful birds, flowers, landscapes and everyday town activities.
Today Metepec is internationally known for these sculptures and Modesta's descendants, the Soteno family, have been repeatedly awarded for their incredibly detailed creations.