NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Sergio Rodriguez, the owner of Nacogdoches Pottery and Iron, said he loved to see hand-crafted folk pottery like this back at home in Mexico.
"You would have to travel to get it," Rodriguez said.
This is a trip he says is no longer as easy or as safe as it once was. Rodriguez opened a shop right here in Nacogdoches.
"That was the inspiration in opening this store," Rodriguez said.
The shop is full of hand-crafted pottery that reminds him of home. Rodriguez said the items are traditional and made in a few places deep in Mexico and different towns.
Now, they are on North Street for anyone wanting to bring a piece of Mexico into their homes.
"You admire it. You like for it to continue to be around," Rodriguez said.
He said one of the most important things is that his children see the art painted and glazed as carefully as they were years ago. His favorites are the customized pits, because they remind him of the constantly burning pits and parties of the past.
"My children haven't gotten a chance to see any of it just because how bad it is over there," Rodriguez said.
He's happy to share his culture with not only the town but also with his family.
"I pass it along to my children, and I try not to forget where we come from," Rodriguez said.