Guerrero Ceramics

"The coastal state of Guerrero is primarily known for its world famous resorts, Acapulco and Zihuatanejo. The most common pottery from this state is undecorated, unglazed utilitarian ware. Throughout the central region of the state, remarkable ceramic dolls and vessels are produced. They are modeled by hand and painted with a fine brush. They are decorated with figures, flowers, animals or repeated patterns." Mexican Ceramics in the 20th Century

The busy, moving patterns of Guerrero decorating style are immediately recognizable. 

Jalisco Ceramics

"Among collectors, the state of Jalisco is highly regarded for the diversity and quality of its wares...Historically, the most important ceramic center has been Tonalá, but distinctively unique wares also come from the nearby towns, Santa Cruz de las Huertas and many instances, it is nearly impossible to say whether a piece comes from Tonalá or its neighbor, Tlaquepaque. For much of the century, ceramics were primarily sold in stores in Tlaquepaque, while most of the artisans lived in Tonalá. Tourist wares...are often said to be Tlaquepaque Style."

Mexican Ceramics of the 20th Century

Vintage Tlaquepaque Small Plates on Redware  Zinnia Folk Arts
Vintage Tlaquepaque Small Plates on Redware
$ 28.00
Vintage Medrano Trucks Ceramics Zinnia Folk Arts
Vintage Medrano Trucks
$ 175.00
Vintage Tlaquepaque Bowls  Zinnia Folk Arts Floral Swirls
Vintage Tlaquepaque Bowls
$ 18.00
Set of Vintage Rectangular Tlaquepaque Nesting Bowls  Zinnia Folk Arts Set of Two
Set of Vintage Rectangular Tlaquepaque Nesting Bowls
From $ 28.00
Vintage Tlaquepaque Bowl  Zinnia Folk Arts
Vintage Tlaquepaque Bowl
$ 8.00
Charming Tlaquepaque Cactus Clay Bowl  Zinnia Folk Arts Medium
Charming Tlaquepaque Cactus Clay Bowl
$ 85.00
Michoacán Ceramics

"The state of Michoacán, which stretches west to the ocean from Mexico City, was given its name, meaning Country of Fishermen, by the 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 

Oaxaca Ceramics

"Oaxaca is a state known for its beautiful colonial capital and diverse folk arts. Its most famous potteries surround the capital city...but other wonderful ceramics are made throughout the large state. The small villages surrounding the city of Oaxaca are home to the Teodoro Blanco family, the Aguilar sisters and the beautiful burnished black pottery of San Bartolo. Dripware or splashware is made in the city of Oaxaca..." Mexican Ceramics of the 20th Century

These vintage pieces typically used lead-based glazes and are quite fragile due to the low temperatures at which they are fired.