Oaxaca Artisanal Red Clay Pottery Experience
Visit an indigenous, women-run red pottery co-op outside Oaxaca
|Your centrally located Oaxaca City hotel (you tell us your hotel after you reserve)
|Your centrally located Oaxaca City hotel
|Up to 6 hours (+/-)
|Low – this experience involves moderate walking through small towns
|High – a good balance of cultural interactions, and engaging with local artisans
|12+ (under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian/parent)
|Private – Max 6 people per booking
Itinerary for learning about Oaxaca pottery making
Embark on a journey into the heart of Oaxaca’s cultural heritage with the Oaxaca Artisanal Red Clay Pottery Experience. Uncover the hidden artistry in the rustic village of San Marcos Tlapazola, where you’ll meet Macrina Mateo Martínez, the creative artisan who elevated the region’s red clay pottery to global renown. This unique experience offers an unparalleled glimpse into a world filled with rich history, delicate craftsmanship, and an art form steeped in tradition and local wisdom. From the moment you’re picked up at your hotel in central Oaxaca, prepare to be embraced by the warmth and creativity of this vibrant region.
Your private tour begins with a scenic drive to San Marcos Tlapazola, guided by an expert tour leader who will not only navigate the roads but also the rich tapestry of Oaxacan culture. Once in the village, you’ll be welcomed by Macrina herself, as she shares her inspiring story of leaving the village, founding a women’s empowerment co-op, and her relentless pursuit of artistic mastery. Engage in a hands-on workshop under her tutelage, molding, shaping, and crafting something beautiful from the very clay that has defined the region’s artistic identity. Learn about the intricate process of sourcing this unique clay from the mountains, a task both challenging and rewarding, reflecting the true spirit of Oaxaca.
As the day unfolds, you’ll immerse yourself in more than just pottery. You’ll come to appreciate the resilience and innovation that have shaped the lives of the artisans in this community. Conclude your experience with a special local meal on your way back to the city, reflecting on the connections you’ve made and the skills you’ve acquired. The Oaxaca Artisanal Red Clay Pottery Experience isn’t just a tour; it’s a celebration of art, community, and empowerment. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or a curious traveler, this journey promises to enlighten, inspire, and leave you with a piece of Oaxaca’s soul. Reserve your place today and become part of a story that’s as timeless as the red clay itself.
For anyone who has an eye for art, and appreciates the efforts of those fighting for equality and progressive steps being taken by cultures – we know you will leave satisfied on all fronts with this special artisanal experience!
Please note: There is not a Dress Code! You will be visiting some food vendors who are a bit more traditional, so dressing respectfully is appreciated. You don’t need to dress to impress – you will be getting your hands dirty (literally). It is recommended to just bring comfortable clothes, which are modest, and that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty in (food spillage happens to the best of us). A more detailed list of suggested clothing attire can be found below.
What to bring to the Oaxaca Red Clay Pottery Experience?
Though this could vary seasonally, this is the basic list of what we suggest you bring with you. Keep in mind, your transport is private and secure, so you are able to leave some items in the vehicle when not needed:
– Jeans or long pants (this is most customary in Mexico, though shorts/dress are fine if you are most comfortable in that).
– Sneakers/comfortable shoes.
– Umbrella (for the rainy season, May-Nov)
– Cash. The producers do not accept credit cards if you want to buy any red pottery after your experience. There is no pressure to buy anything. Unlike other tour companies, the producers we work with will always get paid fairly for their time, regardless if you buy some of their pottery or not.
What is included with the Oaxaca Red Clay Pottery Experience?
Your ancestral experience includes:
– information provided before your experience to educate you and properly prepare you
– a specially trained and licensed English-speaking guide who will facilitate your experience
– transport from/to your Oaxaca hotel or AirBNB (must be located in Oaxaca City, otherwise a central meeting point will be set)
– translations and demonstrations with the local food vendors
– meals (alcoholic beverages are not included with the meals)
– a special small gift to take home with you
What is not included when on your Oaxaca Red Clay Pottery Experience?
– Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
– International flights
– Transportation (outside of included itinerary)
– Accommodation in Oaxaca
– Alcoholic beverages (outside of the included mezcal tasting)
– Gratuities and tips
– Spending money if you wish to purchase additional food, souvenirs or items.
Supporting Local Projects with our TRiP Foundation
For every TRiP that you go on with WSE Travel, we will donate 2% to an environmental or community-based project in the country you’re visiting. We want to ensure that every guest we help, in turn, helps support and preserves the destination we’re experiencing together as a direct result. We live by an ethos of Travel Responsibly & Impact Positively (TRIP).
For more information on the projects this experience supports, please visit our Mexico TRIP projects.
Cancellations & Rebooking
All tours, services, and experiences booked through WSE Travel are bound to our Terms and Conditions, which were modelled after most other travel services such as flights, hotels, and other tour operators.
Should you need to cancel or change your reservation for any reason (including but not limited to missed flights, illness, or change of mind), you will still be bound to the terms and conditions agreed to at the time of booking.
Should you give us more than 14 days’ notice of a change in your reservation, we can store your payment in the ‘safety deposit box’, to be used for a future travel date, either by you or transferred to a friend or family member. Refunds are not available unless your reservation is cancelled by WSE Travel for circumstances outside of our control.
Should you give us less than 14 days notice of a change in your reservation, a rebooking fee will be imposed. We do try to be flexible for our guests, but not at the sacrifice of the livelihoods of all locals hired for your private experiences. As these are private experiences, your guide and any other local service provider block their days off from other work to accommodate your reservation, and may not be able to fill that day again in the event of cancellation.
To be fair and responsible to them and their reliance on your reservation’s promised work, your guide will still be paid for your reservation. As such, last-minute cancellations or changes within 2 weeks of departure will be subject to a rebooking fee of the online deposit, to re-hire a guide for your future travel date.
This flexibility is a bend in our Terms and Conditions to try to be fair both to our guests, as well as the locals hired to facilitate your reservation. If you feel there is a high chance of cancellations or changes, please make sure you buy appropriate travel insurance that will reimburse you for cancellations of things such as flights, hotels, and tours.