Reviving Taxco silver

All that glitters is not gold... sometimes it is silver.  William Spratling did not move to Mexico with the intent of becoming a silversmith, but fate eventually led him there, much to the benefit of the small town of Taxco, Guerrero. Spratling was born in 1900 in Sonyea, New York. He came from an educated … Continue reading Reviving Taxco silver

Women, clay and rescue dogs

Mujeres Alfareros de Tlahuac (Women Potters of Tlahuac) has it origins in the aftermath of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake. At that time many people not only lost their homes but their livelihoods as well. There were efforts by both government and NGO's to rebuild and replace employment that had been lost, which included encouraging … Continue reading Women, clay and rescue dogs

A family tradition with innovation in Dolores Hidalgo

On a recent visit to the pottery town of Dolores Hidalgo, we inquired at the local tourist office for a recommendation of a producer to visit. Without hesitation, the answer was Talavera Vazquez, only a few blocks from the main plaza on the corner of Puebla and Tamaulipas streets. Despite the fact that the name … Continue reading A family tradition with innovation in Dolores Hidalgo

A weekend with wine, cheese and handcrafts tossed in

Tequisquiapan, or Tequis for short, is a small, but growing town in southern Querétaro state. It is an easy 2.5 hour drive from either Mexico City or San Miguel Allende. This and its designation as as "Magical Town" (Pueblo Mágico) makes it a popular weekend destination from a number of larger cities in central Mexico. … Continue reading A weekend with wine, cheese and handcrafts tossed in

Colorful glass of a relatively neglected art form

Stained glass has a long history of enormous appeal with its play on light, often in dark spaces. Even in this age, coming across interesting examples prompts people to take a quick photo with their cell phones. Despite Mexico's colonial heritage and importance the Catholic religion has played in its history, stained glass making is … Continue reading Colorful glass of a relatively neglected art form