A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


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Jan 21, 2007 — Recently I was part of a group of women who went to visit a pottery factory not far from Lake Chapala .The huge kiln was impressive! You don’t see its top in this picture but it went up a good bit further; the steps on the left give the scale.

It was totally wood-fired, and you can see the pile of wood on the right, a bit brighter because the sun was shining in on it. I asked how long the firings were for and was told about half an hour. I also asked if they burned tires in the kiln, as many of the brickyards do, but they said no, they used just wood.

They only do earthenware here, and leave it unfinished or paint it. You can also put an acrylic sealant on it (Sellacril is one brand name), though I didn’t.

Much of their output is imported into the US, but we were most welcome to roam around the huge shed; what you see below is less than a fourth of the space. I asked what we could choose from to buy, and the answer was "All of it!" Prices were low… I got seven small to medium pots for just under $25 US total.

Here’s a turtle I bought there, now quite at home in our yard, sprouting one of the many spider plants that grow outside in this climate. He’s just above our swimming pool, and when I showed him to Rosa, my cleaning lady and friend, she said (in Spanish) "Maybe one day you’ll find him swimming in the pool!"

On our way home, we stopped at a brickyard. I was instantly fascinated by this small dog and asked the men there what kind it was. They were surprised by the question and basically said that it was just a dog. My theory is that it is all or mostly Xoloitzcuintli, an indigenous Mexican breed (aka Mexican hairless) that I got intrigued by in November, in Colima. I did a couple of blog entries about the Colima dogs then.

Another great outing!

UPDATE: The factory has since closed, so I have removed the directions there. Rumor has it that they couldn’t compete with the Chinese in the US market.

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