Santa Maria Tavehua is a tiny village in the hillsides of southern Mexico. They are known for their ceramic arts made from an indigenous orange clay. For centuries, the people of Tavehua made pots and plates, cups and bowls to barter and trade among themselves. In the modern economy, their work shifted to decorative pieces, specifically these little bunnies playing instruments. In recent decades, their ceramic work has found its way into homes and gardens all over Europe and the United States. Sonic Trace follows one figurine, a trombone-playing rabbit, from the hands of her creator in the highlands of Oaxaca, into the global marketplace.
Elsa Gonzalez in her workshop
Instrument playing bunnies
The orange clay ceramics of Santa Maria Tavehua
Elsa’s clay bunnies can be found at Deb Coburn’s Nomad in Cambridge, Massachusetts and at Jose Luis de Carlos Sanchez’s La Tienda Chimali in Oaxaca City, Mexico.
This story was produced by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes and Eric Pearse Chavez. The editors were Jacob Conrad and Deborah George. Sonic Trace is part of Localore and the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). It’s funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.