"The state of Michoacán, which stretches west to the ocean from Mexico City, was given its name, meaning Country of Fishermen, by the Aztecs...in order to further economic development in colonial times, a Spanish bishop encouraged each village around the lake to develop their own craft. Extraordinary works in clay, copper and wood now come from the area.
The best known pottery is from Ocumicho...fantastic decorative figures of devils and Calaveras, participating in strange religious acts and scenes from village life.
The village of Patamban mainly produces finely glazed green wares. The village is best known for its piñas, large pineapple-shaped water jars. These jars are hand or mold made with numerous protrusions and a spiked crown as the lid. Through the years, as the piñas reputation has spread, the jars have become larger and more complex..." Mexican Pottery of the 20th Century