Hand-crafted ceramics 

Every piece from Las Mariposas is uniquely hand-crafted and represents a blend of the old and new. The women artisans use traditional styles and art for their designs but the ceramics are produced using modern techniques and kiln, for better quality.

The artwork on many of the hand-painted pieces is inspired by the natural beauty and wildlife of the Sierra Gorda, with native birds and flowers appearing as recurring themes. Popular pieces from the Las Mariposas range include: 

 Hand-painted mugs and cups
  Decorative ceramic wall art
  Plates, bowls and other kitchenware

And with every piece made using clay sustainably mined from nearby, a Las Mariposas ceramic is your chance take a little piece of the Sierra Gorda home with you. Support traditional artisans and sustainable livelihoods in the Sierra Gorda today!

Where to buy

Gift Shop at the Sierra Gorda Alliance. Avenida la Presa S/N,  76340 Jalpan de Serra, Qro.

Casa de Artesanías Jalpan, Av. Fray Junípero Serra s/n Centro, 76340 Jalpan de Serra, Qro.

Casa de Artesanías Tancoyol, Plaza principal, Tancoyol, Jalpan de Serra, Qro.

Jalpan Historical Museum, Av. Fray Junípero Serra s/n Centro, 76340 Jalpan de Serra, Qro.

Pura Vida Concá Workshop, Concá, Arroyo Seco, Qro.

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Producer Partner: Las Mariposas Collective

The Las Mariposas ceramic workshop officially founded in 2000, with the hopes of giving women in the community of Soledad de Guadalupe the chance to create a sustainable income from their traditional clay skills. Grupo Ecológico responded to the Doña Dorotea's call for assistance, one of the group's founding members.

Grupo Ecológico responded to Doña Dorotea’s call for assistance, one of the group’s founding members. To translate their skills into a successful business, the women needed a proper space to meet and produce their work, better clay, and an oven that could produce higher quality ceramics. With the support of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, the group was able to build a new workshop, and to purchase a new oven capable of generating the high temperatures needed to properly fire the clay.

Today the women work on a daily basis and have found a niche for their creative work in the Sierra Gorda tourist market thanks to Grupo’s ongoing promotional support. It’s given local women the opportunity to earn their own modest incomes, and to support each other to build a business they can be proud of. “I love coming here,” says Doña Dorotea. “It feels more like home to me than my own home.”

Book a workshop

Groups of 10 to 15 people can decorate and fire a ceramic piece (designed for food usage). The duration of the workshop is approximately 30 minutes. The piece will be sent by mail to regional groups or the city of Querétaro. 

Groups of 2 to 25 people can decorate a piece with acrylic paint and sealant (designed for decorative use). The duration of the workshop is approximately 30 minutes. 

 

"I love coming here,” Doña Dorotea, member of the Las Mariposas Collective since 2000.