Photography trip to Metepec, “pueblo mágico” famous for its ceramics

Color in the streets, a festival and craftsmen making ceramic Trees-of-Life

Metepec is a “pueblo mágico” close to Mexico City, where the skillful hands of the craftsmen turn clay into intricate Trees-of-Life, creating beautiful works of art. We went to photograph the town and its bright colors, visit its Museum and buy some ceramics. We also discovered that the festival of San Isidro was being celebrated which was an added bonus.

Our first stop was the Templo del Calvario, a small red church perched on the Cerro de los Magueyes which we climbed up to and took photos of the views over the town below. Nearby is the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista where we took shots of the interesting façade and interior and were surprised by some festivities outside in honor of the San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers. 

On our visit to the Museo del Barro, we were able to photograph masterpieces made by the town’s potters… trees-of-life, ceramic bowls of all sizes, miniatures and many other crafts. Next we made our way down some very colorful streets to the central square with its fountain and large ceramic mermaid and wandered around shops before ending up at the Mercado de Artesanías where we took pictures of the craftsmen working. Most of us also came away with a beautiful arbol de vida or pot as well as lots of photos.

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