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Cooking With Clay, Part 7: Cazuelas from Puebla

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In the kitchen Misc On the Road

While Puebla is best known for it's pretty Talavera pottery with it's ornate decoration and fusion of styles from the old world to the new, I of course go looking for the rustic pots and jars for cooking. Just outside of Puebla is the hip little town of Cholula and I found a studio there making traditional cazuelas.
Cazuelas1

The cazuelas are made from a form, not a potter's wheel.

Cazuelas2

Obviously they come in all sizes. I considered renting the one shown above as a summer home.

Cazuelas4

Spreading the clay.

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The crowded kiln.

I ended up not buying anything because these were loaded with lead. There are plenty of clever potters who know that the slightly more expensive lead-free slip can make them a lot more money. None of the potters I spoke with seemed to care much while almost all the craftsmen in San Felipe, just outside of Guanajuato were proud of their lead-free products. You can get small lead testing kits from any hardware store.



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