La Tolita potters used sandy, grayish clay to make their pieces, which included jugs, pitchers, cups, tripods and yuca graters. The many figurines they made were finely crafted and realistically detailed, almost all having nose rings, ear ornaments, and other bodily ornaments. Also notable were their statues of mythical beings, including some that were half human-half animal. Incense burners were another distinctive item in the La Tolita ceramic repertoire. Some of these were very large and resembled others from Mesoamerica. In stone, they manufactured grinding stones, axes, and chisels, and also worked with semiprecious stones (emeralds, quartz, agate and turquoise), which they mounted in gold and silver pieces. The metalworkers of La Tolita were the first in the world to work with platinum.