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The black clay seen on this site is known as "barro negro" and comes from the state of Oaxaca. The clay is not naturally black but rather it gets its black color after being cooked. Some barro negro has a shiny finish which is created by rubbing the uncooked piece with quartz prior to being cooked. The colorful skeleton art is primarily made in the Mexican state of Puebla and was popularized by the Castillo family who pioneered this art form. The skeleton people in these works of art are often shown in various positions of life within the pueblo from tortilla maker to flower seller.