Innovando la Tradición｜Who we are
Innovando la Tradicion is a creative platform where artisans, designers and artists share skills, knowledge and stories to rethink and honor the ceramic traditions of Oaxaca. We offer services to potters and pottery communities in Oaxaca that support the development of their trade.
We are a multidisciplinary non-profit and a sustainable design project. It arises from an interest to work collectivelly and learn, through our skills and those of others. We want to build bridges, explore the common ground between art, design and folk art, and rethink how they operate and interact. We use collaborative design strategies, anthropological methodologies, narrative therapy and other social sciences.
Our goal is to elevate the symbolic, cultural and commercial value of pottery in the world of today. We foster innovation through experimental workshops and technical training, we search for sustainable technological changes and promote pottery through a variety of means. Our goal is to elevate the symbolic, cultural and commercial value of pottery in the world of today. We foster innovation through experimental workshops and technical training, we search for sustainable technological changes and promote pottery through a variety of means.
Our work follows these lines
Interdisciplinary workshops with participative design methodologies and reflective processes. We create spaces where we can experiment with clay, learn about new techniques and directiones, and put new design strategies to the test.
Promotion We want to make the beauty, knowledge and challenges in the trade visible, and to offer tools to understand and re-evaluate folk art.
Technology and sustainability We develop innovative, appropriate and environmentally sustainable technologies that enable potters to challenge the future.
Marketing Opening new markets through 1050 collective, a social enterprise and the commercial "branch" of Innovando la Tradicion.
We believe that tradition and folk art are a source of great value. Cultural diversity is our unique inheritance and should be honored and explored to find solutions to contemporary problems. We like pottery. We enjoy working with people who hold in their hands the mysteries of this ancient knowledge. We are convinced that change is a collective process.
Innovando la Tradicion is funded, by project, through other non-profits, federal and local government, international development agencies, and private donors who share our vision.
The policy to be part of the team, either as voluntary, collaborator, or partner is based on equality, without any preference of gender, race, color, secular orientation, age, religion, or political opinion. The only requisite is to be passionate about clay and a bit crazy.
Those who work here:
Have freedom of association, that's why we are a collective. We believe things change collectively. Are free and believe in eliminating forced labor. Like to integrate our kids and students to work to exploit their talents, but we're against mental or physical exploitation. Make an effort to change our crafts are perceived, as well as eliminating discrimination and colonization of ideas.
Innovando la Tradicion KPI for 2013
Target for 2013
|・Sales per artisan
・Other (based on survey)
・Economic savings due to the use of
・Mentions in press
・# of selling points
・# of locations
|Sustainable production||・# of artisans using alternative fuel on a constant basis||・Annually|
|Society involvement||・# of artisan communities involved
・# of artisans supplying products for
・# of artisans involved in Innovando
・# of volunteers participated
・# of employees
・Hours of Board meetings
|・Returns to founders||・Monthly|
Kythzia Barrera Suárez
Diego Mier y Terán
Gloria Rubio, Arta Cerámica
Paris Barrera, fotografía
Alfonso Díaz Smith,
Colectivo Prácticas Narrativas
Víctor Águila, Barro sin plomo
Eric Ureña, Flores de Juana
Emma Vazquez, UNAM
Eduardo Mier y Teran,
Terreno Baldío Arte
We also appreciate the support and advise from our friends
Alejandro Salmón Rock
Manuel Castro, legal and financial consultation.
Ana Paula Fuentes…
IT is thankful for the generous help by people of all ages, professions and genders who have offered their talent
Lucía Cristerna Aragón