Mexican Designers and Artisans Bring Innovation to the Pottery Tradition of Oaxaca

by , 05/13/11
Los Chavez Collection

Los Chavez Collection

The collaborations of designers and artisans to create new interpretations of traditional pottery eventually became Colectivo 1050º, a social enterprise that commercializes these products produced at various artisans’ workshops in Oaxaca. Each product receives its name from the town where it’s being produced, a way of honoring these towns’ traditional methods of producing pottery. The Colectivo tackles problems such as unfair pricing of the artisans work and lack of distribution by adding design and proper commercial channels like galleries and design stores to the equation.

Traditional processes for social sustainability

Traditional processes for social sustainability

The collection of the Colectivo 1050º has been a great success, being featured in exhibitions in Mexico like Hecho a Mano: nuevos procesos colaborativos (hand made – new collaborative processes) curated by designer Cecilia Leon de la Barra and outside of the country at “Rethinking Tradition”, an exhibition organized by design curator Ana Elena Mallet at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington DC. Its products were part of Nuevo diseño mexicano-Crear Hogar, a collection of new Mexican independent design at the Palacio de Hierro, one of Mexico’s biggest department store, and will also be part of next year’s MoMA Store “destination design Mexico” event.

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