Today we traveled to San Marcos Tlapazola, an isolated Zapotec town about 90 minutes out of Oaxaca. We visited the women's cooperative of Barro Rojo there and Macrina Mateo Martinez and Alberta Mateo gave us a demonstration of how they use techniques that are have been passed down for generations to create pots from red clay. In heavily accented Spanish, and while occasionally turning to speak to her family in Zapotec, Macrina told the story of how she watched her grandparents and parents live in poverty and she began to wonder how she could not be so poor. So, at age sixteen, she was the first woman to leave her village as an artist. She left Tlapazola and traveled to Guadalajara to speak with and work with other artists. Her parents did not approve of this, but she had a brother that supported her. Years have passed, and now Macrina has visited the Santa Fe Folk Art Market twice, has traveled throughout the United States, and Alberta has had two pieces exhibited in the MOMA in New York City. Macrina Mateo Martinez is a testament to the power of dreams, of taking risks, and of healthy rebellion.