Pottery arts are the most prominent among Mexico’s crafts. During the Aztec Empire, ceramics were considered a highly esteemed art form and it is believed that the knowledge of making pottery came from the god Quetzalcoatl himself. Mexican pottery decoration has a rich palette of colours that reflects the cultural trait of using bold mixtures of vivid hues in art and fabrics.
Humans have been using clay to make objects, such as pottery and jewellery, for many thousands of years. Clay is a versatile substance that’s incredibly easy to work with and can be used to make a broad range of practical and aesthetic items. It’s a great hobby to get into, especially for those that have access to a natural source of clay or can get decent amounts of clay for a good price.
Ceramics exist on virtually every continent in the world, at least in some form. In fact, ceramics are regarded as a universal form of both practical, and artistic pursuits, embraced by countless cultures. From a beautiful vase meant only for display, to a rugged jug designed entirely for practical use, there is hardly a more versatile medium.
The arts are often thought to be reserved to only those who have a particular knack for creating beautiful pieces – those who are good at painting, drawing, creating sculptures, and so on. However, art, and pottery more specifically, is for everyone. That which you produce, and the subjective quality thereof, has nothing to do with the benefits you can enjoy of participating in the process.
Farmer and family markets are a great place to start a new business, especially if they’re popular with the locals. There’s a lot to be said about selling online but being able to actually go and meet the people that are buying your goods can make the experience so much more unforgettable.
Like any hobby or line of career, pottery means having to start from the ground up and learn some valuable lessons along the way. There are very few people that are able to simply dive right in without making any errors, and it can take years of practice and experimentation before creating products that are ready to be sold to others.
Once you have expertly crafted your ceramic or pottery creation, there are ways to amplify your creation, the most simple being a fresh coat of paint. Most people use ceramic materials to paint their crafts. This includes oxide stains, underglazes, and slips. These materials fuse to the structure when added to the fire or oven. Baked on materials will not peel or flake off like ordinary paint. This is more suitable for objects that will be used for their functionality. If the object is purely decorative, ordinary paints will suffice and you can look into using acrylic paints or nail polish.