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Mexican Pottery

Mexican ceramics are an excellent example of North America's oldest pottery practices. From Chihuahua to Puebla, the ceramic traditions of Mexico are incredibly diverse.

Mexican pottery can be traced to the beginning of the Bronze Age. Early vessels took simple shapes, and decoration was in the form of a thin clay slip applied to the vessel’s exterior. Practices began to change upon the arrival of Hernan Cortés in the early years of the 16th century as part of the Spanish Conquest. With European ceramic examples, Mexican potters began to create more elaborate and refined designs while also incorporating more varied glazing techniques.

Over time, different regions of Mexico yielded their own unique approaches to pottery. Artisans in Oaxaca state perfected the art of black clay pottery as well as green-glazed pottery, an approach indigenous to the small town of Santa Maria Atzompa. Ceramists in Jalisco state specialized in what is known as "bruñido," or burnished, pieces that are highly decorated with polychrome and then polished to an unrivaled shine. The result of this ingenuity is a field of antique and vintage Mexican pottery that tells its own cultural and artistic tale.


Quick Facts

  • Though early Mexican potters produced their vessels primarily by hand, there is evidence to suggest that Zapotec artists as early as the first millennium had devised a rudimentary potter’s wheel for uniform pots
  • In addition to introducing new pottery types and styles from Asia and Europe, the Spanish also exposed Mexicans to the closed kiln
  • One of the most striking pottery forms unique to the Mexican ceramic tradition is the "Tree of Life" sculpture. These ceramic installations appeared as early as the first millennium B.C. and are still popular today

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DONA ROSA COYOTEPEC OAXACA BLACK POTTERY TEXTURED VASE
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
DONA ROSA COYOTEPEC OAXACA BLACK POTTERY TEXTURED VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$909 Bids
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DONA ROSA COYOTEPEC OAXACA BLACK POTTERY VASE
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
DONA ROSA COYOTEPEC OAXACA BLACK POTTERY VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Contemporary Folk Art Pottery Mexican Lizard on Painted Pitcher
Dec 17, 7:00 PM EST
Contemporary Folk Art Pottery Mexican Lizard on Painted Pitcher
by Tunicks Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
(5) JOSEFINA AUGILAR (B.1945) POTTERY FIGURES
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(5) JOSEFINA AUGILAR (B.1945) POTTERY FIGURES
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$800 Bids
(9) MEXICAN FOLK ART POTTERY NATIVITY FIGURES
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(9) MEXICAN FOLK ART POTTERY NATIVITY FIGURES
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
Phyllis Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo Black-ware Pottery Vase C. 1960, H 6.5'' Dia. 6.5''
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Phyllis Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo Black-ware Pottery Vase C. 1960, H 6.5'' Dia. 6.5''
by DuMouchelles
Est: $400- $600
$3000 Bids
PIG PICTURE FRAME AND REDWARE PIG HEAD STRING HOLDER
Dec 02, 4:00 PM EST
PIG PICTURE FRAME AND REDWARE PIG HEAD STRING HOLDER
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$40 Bids
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Vintage Ceramica Artistica Tonala Vase
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Ceramica Artistica Tonala Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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3pc Hand Painted Mexican Porcelain Figurines and Vase Grouping
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
3pc Hand Painted Mexican Porcelain Figurines and Vase Grouping
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Mexican Folk Art Pottery Cathedral
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Mexican Folk Art Pottery Cathedral
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $80- $120
$400 Bids
TALAVERA DE LA REYNA GLAZED CERAMIC CHARGER
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CST
TALAVERA DE LA REYNA GLAZED CERAMIC CHARGER
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
A Mexican Pottery Vase
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Mexican Pottery Vase
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
A Vintage/Antique Mexican Bowl
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Vintage/Antique Mexican Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Lot of 2 Mexican Chalkware
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
Lot of 2 Mexican Chalkware
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A Signed Mexico Clay Bell With Clasp
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
A Signed Mexico Clay Bell With Clasp
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A Mexican Figurine
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Mexican Figurine
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A Signed Mexican Pottery
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Signed Mexican Pottery
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
4 piece hand painted Mexican nesting bowl
Dec 04, 11:30 PM EST
4 piece hand painted Mexican nesting bowl
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $125- $150
$750 Bids
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Adorable Mexican Ceramic Bird And Butterfly Bud Vase
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Adorable Mexican Ceramic Bird And Butterfly Bud Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Talavera Pottery Hand Painted Flora Vase
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Talavera Pottery Hand Painted Flora Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Decorative Mexican Pottery Wall Hanger
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
Decorative Mexican Pottery Wall Hanger
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $40- $400
$400 Bids
Floral decorated signed Mexican earthen ware vase
Dec 13, 11:30 PM EST
Floral decorated signed Mexican earthen ware vase
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $40
$200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Mexican Pottery


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery