|Black Ceramics by Omar & Miguel Fabian (2)|
Humans seem to have a deep-seated need to make their mark on their physical surroundings. For many millennia, perhaps forever, we have painted cave walls, etched designs into rock, and made decorated our tools, cooking utensils, and clothing. Much of what we made had functional value, but a great deal of effort went into making the things around us aesthetically pleasing and often carried ceremonial intent.
Example: Barro Negro - Black Clay.
As early as two thousand years ago in the valleys surrounding Oaxaca in central Mexico, Zapotec Indians, in a settlement known as the place of many jaguars, were making dark gray, matte pots and dishes from the local clay.
After the Spanish conquest, the village was renamed San Bartolome Coyotepec.