CAPULA

Capula is a Nahuatl word that means "place of capulines," and is most famed for the Catrina Dolls associated with the mysterious Dia de los Muertos. The pottery of Capula is crafted using a fusion of P'urhepecha and Spanish techniques.

When Quiroga arrived in Capula in 1550, he recognized the natural clay resources of the town, and worked on helping the locals improve their techniques for more durable pieces. Over the years, techniques have continued to improve with new technology, though traditional methods are still used due to the lower cost. This method involves cooking the clay pieces in a wood burning oven.


 

The more modern techniques involve cooking the clay pieces twice in a temperature controlled gas oven. The pieces are heated to 1200 degrees Celsius, then removed and placed in a mineral material called "greta." Placed back in the oven, the pieces are heated again, only this time to 1800 degrees Celsius. The double-firing and higher heat temperatures make these pieces stronger and more durable. Consumers will know the difference, based on the price and quality.

Capula style is quite easy to identify once you have come in contact with pottery from this endearing village. The patterns are comprised of several dots, with one large dot that is circled with smaller dots to make a flower. These patterns are repeated around the rims of dishes and plates, or the full surfaces of mugs and vases. The economy of Capula is based on pottery - so most of the inhabitants are involved in this business on some level, whether crafting or selling.

QUICK FACTS

Location:  Capula, MIchoacan Mexico

Founded:  Unknown

Population: Not Listed

Altitude: Not Listed (Approx 6200 Feet)

Climate:  Warm & Temperate

Known For:  Home of Maestro Juan Torres & traditional cookwares used across Mexico (Decorated with dot-flowers).

FERIA ARTESANAL DE LA CATRINA

Capula is a Nahuatl word that means "place of capulines," and is most famed for the Catrina Dolls associated with the mysterious Dia de los Muertos. The pottery of Capula is crafted using a fusion of P'urhepecha and Spanish techniques.

When Quiroga arrived in Capula in 1550, he recognized the natural clay resources of the town, and worked on helping the locals improve their techniques for more durable pieces. Over the years, techniques have continued to improve with new technology, though traditional methods are still used due to the lower cost. This method involves cooking the clay pieces in a wood burning oven.


 

The more modern techniques involve cooking the clay pieces twice in a temperature controlled gas oven. The pieces are heated to 1200 degrees Celsius, then removed and placed in a mineral material called "greta." Placed back in the oven, the pieces are heated again, only this time to 1800 degrees Celsius. The double-firing and higher heat temperatures make these pieces stronger and more durable. Consumers will know the difference, based on the price and quality.

Capula style is quite easy to identify once you have come in contact with pottery from this endearing village. The patterns are comprised of several dots, with one large dot that is circled with smaller dots to make a flower. These patterns are repeated around the rims of dishes and plates, or the full surfaces of mugs and vases. The economy of Capula is based on pottery - so most of the inhabitants are involved in this business on some level, whether crafting or selling.

EXPLORE WITH US!

 

If you are coming to Morelia or Patzcuaro, we can arrange a wonderful day-tour to Capula, including many other towns along La Ruta Don Vasco.  Soul of Mexico Tours owner Jennifer Bjarnason is proud to have been instrumental in launching a fantastic arts concept in 2019, and Capula is part of the program.  Guadalupe's Combi for the Arts is a project that puts visitors in close contact with the various art forms of Michoacan, through hands-on art classes with local artists.  Not only do guests get to spend a day with the artist - their day is spent in the artists very own studio.  

Custom Tours can include anywhere in the Copper Canyon and beyond.  If you have an extended amount of time, we strongly recommend visiting Paquime and Mata Ortiz in the desert, as well as Cuarenta Casas in Huapoca Canyon.  We can arrange a fully or partially guided tour for you, your friends and family.

 

    

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS EXTRAVANGANZA

OCT 27 - NOV 3, 2019

Our 2019 Event is sold out.  Please contact us for information on our 2020 event!

From:

$15000 MX

GUADALUPE'S COMBI FOR THE ARTS

JAN, 2020

Capula is part of our Michoacan Arts Program, which runs in Jan 2020.  Private Classes available upon request at any time.

From:

$1800

LA RUTA DON VASCO CUSTOM TOUR

FEB 2020

As we designed this tour for a couple, we can design a tour for you!

From:

$TBA

DAY TOUR FROM MORELIA / PATZCUARO

DEC 2020 - JAN, 2021

We create day tours to Capula for guests visiting Morelia and Patzcuaro.

From:

$2400

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