No, no, no, not that kind of pot. But, yes, yes, yes, we can possess a little of that kind legally down here [up to five grams]!
HOWEVER, this post is about ceramic pots.
A few days ago, I took a trip [snicker] with some friends up to Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, Jalisco, to a pottery makers‘ place. Ixtlahuacan [pronounced kinda like this: ish tla WAA con] is about a 15 minute drive north of Chapala. It’s about halfway between Chapala and the Guadalajara airport.
They make all sizes and sorts of pottery containers there. From large chimineas [outdoor fireplaces] and pots to smaller versions of both and little figurines to put into your garden. And they have “finished” items [i.e. holes drilled in the bottom for drainage and items painted in varying colors], as well as unfinished items and what might be called “seconds” [i.e. a chip or a small crack].
Prices vary depending on the state of the items you wish, but they are always less expensive than what you would be charged in a shop in Ajijic or Tlaquepaque, both of which are artisan/artist enclaves in our area. You can also pick out an item that you like and have the craftsmen finish it to your specifications.
So, let’s take a look around the place. Here’s a look at some of the guys working on some of the larger pots:
The fellow on the far left is cleaning up the pots so that the tops are smooth and ready to be painted, if desired. The pile of cardboard toward the front of the picture is used to place between pottery items when they are being transported. The two guys in the middle of the picture are getting something to drink. It has been VERY hot down here and they’re just keeping hydrated!
Here are a couple of pictures of some of the “finished” items. These, as I mentioned, will cost you a bit more. See the colorful blue items in the middle rear? Those are a couple of chimineas, as is the large fish on the left side of the picture.
Here’s a stack of molds from which castings can be done. If you don’t see what you like already out for sale, you can choose a mold and have something made for yourself.
It’s called the area de moldeado:
There are a couple of other sections where one can pick up bargains. In one area there are “semi finished” pieces. These items are less expensive than those totally finished, but a bit more than those “seconds” that I mentioned. Here are some of the semi finished items: