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Nicolas Fabian & Rosario Lucas Bautista

Nicolas Fabian and his wife Rosario work together in the Purepecha community of Santa Fe de la Laguna, Michoácan. 

Nicolas learned how to make traditional pottery working with his aunt and his parents.  Together with the support of Aid to Artisans, Barro Sin Plomo and GIRA (an environmental non-profit organization based in Michoácan) this family was one of the first to transition to lead-free production. 

Rosario is a co-founder of the women’s cooperative “Uarhi” translated a woman in Purepecha and has helped to train artisans on family health and lead-free production techniques. 

Nicolas and Rosario now create burnished pottery as a way of returning to their Pre-Hispanic pottery techniques. They etch important Purepecha symbols into their pottery such as limes, corn, fish and regional plants.


Written by Anna O'Leary — January 22, 2012

Fernando Arroyo & Belen de la Cruz

Fernando Arroyo works with his wife Belen and their family in their pottery workshop in Capula, Michoácan. 

Fernando learned to make pottery as a child from his parents. He is recognized for his innovative approach to traditional designs and his high quality lead-free pottery. Fernando is an expert in pointillism and combines this technique to fashion, fish, animals, flowers and geometric forms.

Fernando with Victor Aguila, the founder of Barro Sin Plomo began transitioning to lead-free production ten years ago and was one of the first potters to participate in the original sales and exhibit of lead-free at the Casa de Artesanias in 2001. He is now a leader in Capula in lead-free processes and continues to explore and learn new ceramic techniques. 

Written by Anna O'Leary — January 22, 2012

Juan Guttierrez

Juan learned the art of making clay candleholders from his parents and through his wife’s family pottery workshop. Juan is from the community of San Jose de Gracias, Michoácan where potters specialize primarily in making candleholders and pineapple pots. Juan’s family is recognized for making some of the most elaborate candleholders in their community and they use the technique of “pastillaje” in which they adorn the candleholders with intricate hand molded ornaments and texture. 

The Gutierrez family began transitioning to lead-free production in the summer of 2006 with BSP’s support. He is one first potters from his community to be trained in lead-free techniques.


Written by Anna O'Leary — January 14, 2012

Catalina Cuirez

Catalina, her husband and their daughters create traditional green glazed tableware from the community of Tzintzuntzan, Michoácan. They create a diversity of forms including green leaf dishes, plates, bowls and platters. Their style has been passed down through the family from Catalina's grandmother, to her mother, and now to Catalina’s daughter. 

Catalina began transitioning to lead-free production with BSP’s support in 2005. 

Written by Anna O'Leary — January 14, 2012

Jose Neftalí Ayungua

Jose Neftalí Ayungua grew up learning how to make pottery from his father Neftalí Ayungua Suarez and his mother Ana Maria Cuevas. His father Neftalí Ayungua is one of the featured artists in Fomento Cultural Banamex’s book, “Great Masters of Mexican Folk-Art”. Neftalí Ayungua has participated in over 79 competitions and has won numerous prizes for his pottery in Mexico, as well as received many honorable mentions. 

The Ayungua family creates museum quality green glazed ceramics traditionally made in Patamban, Michoácan.  Their designs combine birds and flowers with petallilo (crosshatching). 

In 2001, BSP technician Barbara Garrido began working with the Ayungua family on transitioning to lead-free production. BSP helped build a new lead-free kiln and enabled Jose Neftali to obtain his visa and attend the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market for the first time in 2007. 

Jose Ayungua is one of the young upcoming masters of traditional Mexican lead-free pottery and an employer of many female potters from his community in his workshop.

Written by Anna O'Leary — January 14, 2012

Pedro Hernandez Carlos & Isabel Serrano

Pedro, his wife Isabel and son Rogelio are masters of elaborating the traditional pineapple pots from the Purepecha community of San Jose de Gracias, Michoácan. His family has received numerous awards in state and national art shows and competitions for their pineapples and candleholders. 

Pedro learned his trade from his father and grandfather and he is currently in the process of transforming his family’s studio into a pineapple museum. Exquisitely crafted, each pineapple is covered with intricate ornamentation, with textured and hand-sculpted leaves. 

Pedro was one of the first artists in his community to begin experimenting with lead-free glaze production five years ago with support from Barro Sin Plomo.  

Written by Anna O'Leary — January 14, 2012

Angelica Morales

Angelica Morales is the daughter of two famous potters from the community of Tzinztuntzan, Michoácan; Ofelia Gamez and Miguel Morales Estrada, from whom she inherited her pottery style. Morales’ lead-free pottery is recognized both nationally and internationally. 

She uses the traditional black and white style from Tzintzuntzan but she has also developed her own unique style that weaves together cultural scenes, rituals, festivals and Pre-Hispanic geometric forms. She paints Purepecha women “Uarhi” in their traditional dress carrying out daily customs. She is also known for her exquisite paintings of mermaids. 

Angelica works with her husband Roberto and they are leaders in lead-free production. Angelica began working with Barro Sin Plomo nearly ten years ago. 

Written by Anna O'Leary — January 14, 2012

Juan Rosas & Lourdes Martinez

Juan Rosas, Lourdes and their son Juan work together in their family workshop in the community of Capula, Michoácan. They are skilled painters and masters of the pointillist technique in which they cover the surface of their pottery with small hand painted dots. Their designs include flowers, birds, and fish from the lakes region of Michoacán. 

They have received numerous state and regional awards for their high quality lead-free pottery.  

Barro Sin Plomo provided lead-free training, design and marketing assistance since 2005 to Juan & Lourde’s family, and helped them build a fuel-efficient lead-free kiln. 

Written by Anna O'Leary — January 14, 2012

Barro Sin Plomo
Clay Without Lead

Our mission is to end the use of lead in ceramic glazing, substituting lead-free production methods and to promote prosperity for Mexican potters by creating a commercially viable and ultimately self-sustainable business model. We are committed to fair trade practices and principles for our participating artisans.

By purchasing Barro Sin Plomo pottery you support the health of Mexican artisans, their families and the environment. You are helping to sustain traditional cultures and celebrate useful and decorative pottery that has been created in Mexican family for hundreds of years.