Mima Ruiz Collection
In collaboration with Taller Ruiz Lopez, Studio Xaquixe, and Papel Oaxaca – three artisanal studios nestled in the hills of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Sustainable Innovation by Procesos Proambientales Xaquixe
Salime Cruces Harp and Christian Thornton founded Studio Xaquixe with the intent to produce consumer products from recycled glass. More than a decade of engineering and design brought them to where they are now: developing alternative fuel technology for glass, ceramics, and mezcal production through their non-profit Procesos Proambientales Xaquixe. This team of designers and engineers has developed a twin pair of ceramics kilns for the Ruiz Lopez ceramics workshop. These kilns run exclusively on used cooking oil from local restaurants. To learn more, watch the video here.
Innovation on an Ancient Craft by Taller Ruiz Lopez
Rufina and her sisters fire our Mima Ruiz products at 1050°C, so the higher temperatures allow the family to avoid the leaded glaze that is traditionally used in their village. This means that all Mima Ruiz Pottery products are food-safe and non-toxic.
Gift Wrapping From Agricultural Waste by Papel Oaxaca
Paper artist Alberto Valenzuela and his apprentice Luis, together with their team at Papel Oaxaca, make paper out of agricultural waste from the local mezcal and food industries. They use agave leaves, palm fronds, and other local plant and animal fibers to create beautiful paper for art books, sculpture, and sustainable packaging. Alberto built his studio with his own hands, putting his own twist on the ancient technique of mud-brick by adding repurposed glass bottles and plant fibers to increase the structural integrity. Integrity is this man's moda operandi. We now offer these unique gift wrappings for Christmas, birthday presents, and special occasions. Available for dinner plates, Maria pitchers, and José cups.
Sometimes The Kiln Misfires in Beautiful Ways…
You may notice that our pottery shop has loads of “Unicorns,” so what are they? Pottery is an art, but glazes are a science. There’s always a colorful variety of possibilities when it comes to glazing pottery, but since Taller Ruiz Lopez is working with brand new alternative-fuel kiln technology, they end up getting an even wider variety of outcomes. When these mistakes turn out to be even more precious and beautiful than the originals, we bring them back to New York to offer them to you as Unicorns. Enjoy!
Continuing the Tradition of Ancient Zapotec Pottery
Taller Ruiz Lopez is located in Atzompa, Oaxaca, at the base of the Atzompa and Monte Alban archaeological sites. Rufina and her sisters consider their practice to be a continuation of their ancestral pottery tradition. All of the red clay is collected from the land by the family themselves, and all of the clay processing happens in-house, the way it’s always been done.