To speak of Doņa Rosa is to speak of a woman that was able to surpass the frontiers of barro negro pottery. This pottery, which has been produced for centuries, was originally matte and grayish. Doņa Rosa discovered that she could change the pottery by polishing the piece with a quartz stone to compress the surface just before the formed clay piece is completely dry. After firing, the piece emerges a shiny black instead of a dull gray. This new appearance made the pottery far more attractive and popular.
Even after her death in 1980, the pottery from the Doņa Rosa studio of Oaxaca, Mexico continues to thrive, as her daughter and grandchildren carry on the process.
Doņa Rosa pottery can be found in many galleries throughout the world.
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