How Our Clay Comal Is Made

Woman checking texture of dried clay

Doña Victoria, the resident clay artisan for the Chatino indigenous community of Tiltepec, utilizes a centuries-old process to craft traditional earthenware comals. She collects clay from the town’s surroundings. The clay is then soaked in water, made into a paste and packed into hand-made molds. After drying for two full days, she builds a fire over which she cooks each comal. The comales are then individually covered in ash to insulate them from the direct heat and then left to cook for two hours. At the end of the three-day process, they’ve transformed into finished red clay comals.