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Exhibition of "Mud and Fire: the Art of Pottery in Oaxaca" at the Embassy of Mexico

Ambassador Patricia Espinosa has announced the opening of a new exhibition

June 09th, 2016

As part of the Dual Year of Germany-Mexico festivities, a new exhibition named ‘the Art of Pottery in Oaxaca Mud and Fire’ has been opened in Berlin. The goal of the exhibition is to reflect the balance between tradition and innovation in Mexico, with some artifacts coming from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The exhibition will be open to the public from the 12th of May until the 10th of August and will be held at the Mexican embassy in Klingelhöferstrass in Berlin.

The same exhibition has already been presented in San Agustin Etla in Oaxaca, it then travelled to Belgium in Andenne and Ostend and then finally Helsinki in Finland. And it has now finally arrived in Germany.

The exhibition features more than 115 pieces of pottery from a variety of different countries and cultures. Pottery is the main source of income of the Oaxacan people, it is a reflection of their cultural identity. Pottery like that of coolers, red mud typical Oaxaca Mezcal, Bules, copaleros, Pichanchas, pots and pans.

Adrian Martinez Alarzón, a native of Santa María Atzompa, Oaxaca, is an artisan who will take part in the exhibition in Berlin. A group of several potters have taken turns traveling to different destinations where "Mud and Fire: the art of pottery in Oaxaca" has been displayed.

There are currently more than 70 different individuals involved in the production of ceramic clay, in Oaxaca. The designs and the techniques used to produce their work, come from years of observation and practice. The production of these good is a sustainable source of production, the containers are made from recyclable raw materials and in comparison to traditional ceramics they are cooked at extremely low temperatures.

The black mud is originally from Oaxaca and one of the many styles of pottery state located south of Mexico. It can be distinguished by its color, brightness and design. The color is obtained by polishing the mud before it is cooked.

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