Grupo Santa Lucia
This is a small family group of 10 headed by Angela. Angela López Gómez and her 3 sisters, Lucía , Francisca and Simona and María are often on the winner's list of the Fray Bartolome State competition.
They produce beautiful rustic cooking vessels from the clay from Amatenango del Valle, a Tzeltal potter´s community located 1-1/2 hours south of San Cristóbal de las Casas on the International Highway leading to the Guatemala border.
None of the sisters are married and all work with their mother María out of their house. Lucía often wins the toy competition with her miniature traditional vessels while some of the other sisters make vases in natural clay or decorat them by hand with natural pigments — red, black and white. The mother, María, specializes in the large atole jars and all make palomas (doves), rabbits and other animals popular in the area.
The large pieces are still fired on the ground in the open air. They are first surrounded and covered by wood, then the fire is started slowly to prevent cracking. Finally, they are fired for a couple of hours. This is the way their ancestors used to fire their pieces. The smaller pieces are fired in more modern kiln built a few years ago in an effort to save wood.
They also make small jaguars and are always willing to add new items to the ones they already produce.