Cocucho is about 1.5 hours from Pátzcuaro, about 15 minutes from Paracho.  These giant pots, or "ollas" or
"cocuchas are made from clay and then fired out in the open, covered with burning logs. This approach leaves the pots
rustic and irregular, in an array of colors (grey, red and black).  Pots can be over 6 feet tall, or small enough for a table
centerpiece.  Feel free to explore on your own or
hire a guide.  
Cocuchas, Ollas, Giant Pots
Delfina Pasaye and a Fireplace
As you drive into town, the main street
is lined with numerous workshops and
stores.  We visited
Vincente Pasaye's
store and workshop first (on Hidalgo
street).  Vincente and his wife have 4
adult children and 5 grandchildren/great
grandchildren that all make cocuchas.  
His son works with him in the same
shop and one of his daughters, Delfina
Pasaye, has a store on Benito Juarez
#13 (045-452-106-2597).  Maria Inez
Caro Elias and Mateo Elias Sacarias
(045-106-1047) also have a workshop
on Hidalgo.
Cocuchas, Ollas, Giant Pots
Vincente Pasaye and his wife
Mario and Maria's Daughter
Cocucho, Cocuchas, Ollas, Giant Pots
Cocucho, Cocuchas, Ollas, Giant Pots
Cocucho, Cocuchas, Ollas, Giant Pots
Cocucho, Cocuchas, Ollas, Giant Pots
Cocucho, Cocuchas, Ollas, Giant Pots
Pueblos Purepechas - a collaboration of artisan communities