Products From and About Mexico

I come across a lot of stuff from Mexico, but it’s pretty hard to evaluate it. Still, I buy some of it because it’s interesting, particularly the ceramics.

A carved coconut from Villahermosa, Tabasco, MX, from 1968. This seems to be a touristy item, perhaps for the local people who were traveling to the capital city:

A carved coconut from Villahermosa, Tabasco, MX

For sale on Ebay and Bonanza.

Ken Edwards salt and pepper shakers.  Edwards went to MX in the 1960s to start a ceramics business and sell Mexican products to buyers in the United States.

Some big differences I notice are that Edwards uses white clay and glazes the entire piece, with some “rough” areas that are some other kind of glaze, like salt or oxides. This is Asian style, particularly Japan. Mexican products for Mexicans (at least in the US), are often terra cotta or other colors of clay, polished but not glazed, or are glazed on the inside with some glaze on the outside. The aesthetics are in the clay colors and the relationship between clay and glaze.  I know nothing about Mexican and indigenous American pottery, so, that’s all I’ll say, until I learn more.

While Ken Edwards products are from Mexico, they are not historically Mexican, and reflect more the US potteries, and Asian influences, while adding a layer of “Mexican” decoration. They’re still nice, but are an export product mainly to the US, and should be appreciated as such.

For sale on Ebay and Bonanza.

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