San Bartolo Museum
Across the highway from the town church, on the town plaza’s southern flank, stands the elaborate, new Museo Estatal de Arte (Plaza Principal, no phone, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sun.). Although the main event is a fine exposition of San Bartolo’s famed black pottery, the museum also exhibits a surprisingly innovative range of some of the best crafts that the Valley of Oaxaca offers.
Besides Doña Rosa’s classic pearly-black examples, a host of other pieces—divine angels, scowling bandidos, buxom señas, fierce devils—that reveal the remarkable talent of Doña Rosa’s generation of students and followers.
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Oaxaca, 5th edition