For the past few years I’ve been bringing home Mexican pewter. It is easy to find in gift shops around San Miguel, but the best selection is in the Mercado de Artesanías. The dishes run the gamet from classy to kitschy. They are sand cast in homemade molds and many of the forms are quite familiar, if a little crude. I prefer the simple ones like my fake Nambe butterfly bowl. I always feel virtuous when purchasing a spoon or a dish as most Mexican pewter is made from reprocessed aluminum soda cans. (We love recycling!) Each piece is polished to a lustrous sheen that hides its lowly origins.
What’s not to love about a twenty-dollar Nambe-esque butterfly bowl made out of coke cans!