Touching Soil 2019

Join us! Ensure that traditional Oaxacan pottery can continue another 4,000 years, and reach places never seen before!

Innovando la Tradición AC

Arts and Culture

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Touching Soil,  is the long-term vision of Innovando la Tradición to ensure that the traditional craft of Oaxaca can continue another 4,000 years, and reach places never seen before!

Help us to achieve it!

In this year in Innovando la Tradición we are working to strengthen a portfolio of 5 strategic projects:

  1. Training Program Artisan- Artisan

Space to develop powerful leaders in their communities to preserve and transmit their vision and deep cultural knowledge they have, for 8 months with 30 artisans, with a certification from the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Reinforcing with activities, such as:

  1. Second chapter of the Learning Community
  2. 5th National Independent Potter Meeting
  3. La Casa del Barro, a network of spaces to promote the 70 pottery towns of Oaxaca, through residences, research, experimentation and sale of products. These spaces will house the mud collections and research of Innovando la Tradición. This year, we will be participating in the Barro and Fuego Exhibition at the Franz Mayer Museum.
  1. Consolidate process of the 1050• Cooperative and continue to expand sales, which is made up of potters and the marketing arm that places the clay in new markets around the world, making its beauty and wisdom accessible to more people, supported by a solidarity commercial processes.
  2. The Knowledge is Handmade is an ongoing archive of the clay making tradition and best practices of our organization that will serve as a tool for other designers, potters,  projects  and nonprofits to advance in the conservation and development of the Handmade movement in the world.
  3. Innovation Fund Strengthen the operating platform of Innovando la Tradición A.C. Covering the Direction of Operations to close the gap between daily operation and strategic direction.

There is a global campaign to raise $ 175K USD. This site was built to make it easy for our community of friends in United States to make tax deductible gifts in their country where we are seeking to raise  $100K USD of the global goal.

Mexico is at a crucial moment to recognize, appreciate and promote its deep wealth in the world, in a large percentage of communities we are facing the last generation of potters who safeguard the knowledge of the traditional world through mud.

We have worked for 13 years in the state of Oaxaca building bridges between the world of traditional and indigenous pottery and the modern urban world, positioning the mud in a more visible, novel and appreciated place.

In 2005 we started working with a pottery family and in 2017 we supported artisans in 14 villages and moved more than 14 thousand clay pieces to three different continents.

We raise the cultural and economic value of traditional pottery to achieve a more dignified life for artisans and prevent this age-old wisdom from being lost, through making local knowledge visible, putting artisans at the center of our decisions and using strategies of fair trade.

Join our community of angel donors and become a member of the Huaje Valley Network, that has been crated since 2016 where a group of visionaries from around the world that are supporting us with donations annually to overcome the challenges we face in the construction of the 4 Movements.

Members of the Huaje Valley Network will participate by:

  • Becoming a Jaguar, Eagle, Deer or Rabbit Connecting others and strengthening the network
  • Attending one of our launch events or our yearly trip to Oaxaca designed to help you learn more about what your support makes possible.
  • Opening doors to potential partners and foundations in the US and Mexico
  • Bringing to life our three big ideas

Join our Huajes Valley Network as one of the four dwellers of the Valley:

  • Jaguar – $25,000 USD
  • Eagle – $10,000 USD
  • Deer – $5,000 USD
  • Rabbit – $1,000 USD

We hope to count on you!





Natalie Foster

Love you all and grateful for your work and friendship. Xoxo


Patricia Ortiz Monasterio

Viva inovando la tradicion!


Los Farca

Kitzia, Monica y Diego Ya estaremos por aya para ver qué más hacemos juntos!!!


Betsy Hale

Hi Kitzia and Diego -- Please consider this my CONEJO gift for 2020. Please use it in whatever way most benefits the organization.


Vannessa Nacif

Cuidemos nuestro patrimonio


Claudia Flores

What a joy!


Patricia Fajer y Bruno Lambertini

Aquí seguimos cumpliendo con nuestra promesa de donación. Besos!


Claudia Kahn

Very proud to give this step as founding member in LA and support Oaxacan artisans!


Cathy Bailey and Robin Petravic

We are happy to contribute! C + R and everyone at Heath Ceramics


Maria Eladia y Alejandro

Kitsya, Diego muchisimas gracias por todo lo que estan haciendo, ojala nuestra contribucion les sirva de algo. Abrazos!




Elizabeth Rintoul and Steve Farneth


Tom Shapiro and Madeleine Grynsztejn


Loni & Jeff Family Rush Family Foundation


Tere Iturralde


Sara Reyes Ziman


Barbara Silberbusch and Charlie Arneson


Patricia Fajer and Bruno Lambertini


Familia Prieto Chiapa


Steve Farneth & Elizabeth Rintoul

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