• Following the arrival of the Spaniards in the sixteenth century, clay pots began to be produced with a glazed surface
  • Dishes such as traditional mole must be prepared, or at least served, in large clay pots

This is a container of fired clay that has been used since Antiquity to hold, transport, cook, eat, and even store food items.


The shape and components are varied and depend on the intended use. The decorations and finish are also varied and tend to be regional.

Ollas de barro are used throughout Mexico, the most outstanding for their workmanship and tradition being made in Puebla, Michoacán, Morelos and the State of Mexico.