Emilio Molinero Hurtado


Fabricating pots at the delicate age of six, Emilio worked alongside his father learning a communal necessity, clay artisanship. Necessary for storing water and nixtamal corn. Unfortunately, after the passing of both his parents, Emilio decided to but his artisan work on hold to work, farming for a time, but, after marrying Juana Huipi, he decided to resume the family tradition.

After taking a walk in the local fields, Emilio discovered some pre-Hispanic ceramics. He later incorporated the designs into his own work. He and his wife work together to create the patojo vessels, usually equipped with pouring spouts and large handles.

To gather materials, a mule is utilized to transport earthen clay. It is then ground, before sieving he mixes the red and black clays to specific proportions. Emilio makes his own molds of plaster and baked clay. Smoothing each piece with a rag, polishing with a wet stone, setting to dry in the sun. Once completely dry, each piece is coated with charaspecua clay, containing a red or white pigment- applying more layers until desired opacity is reached. It is then painted, burnished again, and fired at 700°C to finish.