A day with Pichón

A couple of weeks ago we drove the 90 minutes or so toward Toluca to see "Pichon". We first met Pichon late last year and immediately loved the pieces that he and his family produce. We bought some on the spot and placed an order to pick up more in 6 weeks. Saturday was pick up day and we used the opportunity to get a tour of their workshop as well as a personal demo from Pichon. In addition to being a skilled artisan with a unique vision and approach to his pottery, he is also incredibly friendly and generous with his time. We learned quite a bit and are looking forward to making many more trips out to his workshop this year.

Courtyard of Pichon´s workshop, view toward the stockroom.

 (Courtyard of Pichon´s workshop, view toward the stockroom)

(Pichon´s courtyard, view toward the ovens)

Judy inside Pichón's workshop

(Judy inside Pichón's workshop)

Pichon about to give us a quick 101 on his process.

(Pichon about to give us a quick 101 on his process)

Once ground, the barro needs to be hydrated.

(Once ground, the barro needs to be hydrated)

The cattail fibers that are added to the barro to help strengthen it

(They add cattail fibers to the barro to strengthen it)

(The cattail integrated into the barro before rolling and molding)

Judy getting a close look at how the cattail fibers are integrated into the barro

(Judy getting a close look at how the cattail fibers are integrated into the barro)

Pichón shaping the barro around a salsera mold

(Pichón shaping the barro around a salsera mold)

Burnishing the form

(Burnishing the form)

Pichon showing us how they hand dip the pieces into the esmalte

(Pichon showing us how they hand dip the pieces into the esmalte)

Estela guarding one of the ovens

(Esthela guarding one of the ovens)

(Traditional ollas with a contemporary finish)

Snack trays with matching salsa dish

(Snack trays in the manchado style, paired with small salseras with a complementary opposite finish)

 

Tequilero set

(Tequilero set of 6 glasses, lime dish, carrying tray, in the manchado style)



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