Barro negro, or black clay, is a style of pottery from Oaxaca, Mexico famously distinguished by its color, sheen and unique designs. Oaxaca is one of few Mexican states characterized by the continuance of its ancestral crafts and traditions dating back more than 2,00 years. The barro negro pottery technique was originally developed in a small village called San Bartolo Coyotepec by a woman named Rosa Real, who learned if she dried the clay before firing it and fired it at a lower temperature it come out with a rich black color. She then polished it with a quartz crystal which left it with a silver finish. The clay was so unique it quickly gained popularity and recognition. We are very lucky to still have this traditional pottery available to us today!