What is Tonala pottery?

The ceramic production in Tonalá, known as the authentic mestizo ceramic is symbolic of Mexico’s identity. Made of burnished clay or scented clay, these artistic objects are created for ordinary and decorative use. The tradition comes from the Tonalteca group, which used clay to produce polished forms.

What is Tonala Jalisco known for?

It is best known as a major handcrafts center for Jalisco, especially pottery, as well as its very large Thursday and Sunday street market, dedicated to handcrafts.

What days are the Tonala market?

On Thursdays and Sundays, the town hosts an open-air market, or tianguis, in its main plaza—and has since Prehispanic times—during which visitors can shop stalls from more than 400 craftspeople.

What time does Tonala open?

It is opened Mon-Sat. from around 9am to 7pm. Another visit you’ll want to make will be to the Artesanias Erandi factory which is located at Lopez Cotilla 118. This company has been in business since 1986 and specializes in handmade earthenware and handicrafts.

Is Tonala pottery valuable?

VALUE – The value of Tonala pottery varies greatly depending on its age, painting, condition, signature, rarity of form, etc… The rarest of Tonala pottery is that of canelo style (cinnamon), but rarity does not always dictate value.

How can you tell Tonala pottery?

One thing that distinguishes Tonalá made ware is the decorative details. Two elements, the nahual and the “flor de Tonalá” are common. A nahual is a pre-Hispanic shape shifter or shaman, often drawn as a smiling cat. The flor de Tonalá (Tonalá flower) first appeared in pottery design in the early 20th century.

How can you tell if Tonala pottery is real?

How do you identify Tonala?

The flor de Tonalá (Tonalá flower) first appeared in pottery design in the early 20th century. Its distinctive shape is an oval center with rounded petals that form a scalloped design. These elements can appear in all of the types of pottery that is produced here.