|San José de Gracia is about 1.5 hours from Pátzcuaro between Tangancícuaro and Ocumicho. Though
the town isn't on many maps, its beautiful ceramics - Las Piñas - are sold all over the state. The original design was
inspired by local pine (piña) cones, and the original "jugs" were used to store water and hang mugs. More recently the
artisans began to embellish the design, putting ornate lids on top, and painting them to look more like pineapples (also
called piñas), which are not found in the area. Feel free to explore on your own or hire a guide.
|Guadalupe Cerano Gutiérrez
|As you enter San Jose de Gracia from
the north, Magdalena Gutiérrez
(01-355-511-2064) has a small store
and workshop on your right hand side.
Almost all of Magdelena's 9 adult
children make piñas and hope to pass
the tradition on to their children. One of
her sons, Guadalupe, and his wife
Tranquilina, live next door and have
their own workshop. And one of her
daughters and her husband Pedro
Hernández Carlos run Tsitsiki
(01-355-511-2181) - a museum, shop
and workshop just a block away.
|Piñas as pumpkins and candle holders
|Original Inspiration of the Piñas