San Bartolo Coyotepec
In the south of the state of Oaxaca is located the town name San Bartolo Coyotepec. It’s part of the central valleys, along the road that leads to Mexico coast.
Coyotepec comes from 'Coyotl' Coyote 'Tepec, Cerro. This place is one of the most recognized worldwide for the development of the craft called Black Mud or Pottery.
Formerly a village of Monte Alban then called "Zoapeche", which means "Hill of clouds that hide the jaguar", belonging to the ethnic Zapotec central valleys, its inhabitants were characterized by forming groups of potters, who preserved this custom inheriting generation after generation.
This community is characterized by a high percentage of the population (80%) that is dedicated to work the black clay pottery, prehistoric occupation dating back to ancient times, and in addition to their knowledge and to develop practical and ornamental utilitarian ware, there artisans who make huge pieces of aesthetic quality.
However, the marketing of handicrafts in the city of Oaxaca has not been able to consolidate as sources of income for the producer population as artisans suffer isolation problems with consumer markets, lack of credit, technical assistance and artistic and the dedication of the craftsmen marginal, as in a case is a follow-up to the farm family and professional employment currently