Water pitcher in black clay



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The water pitcher is handmade in La Chamba (Columbia). For over 300 years, 85% of the people living in this village have been working together to create ceramics, using ancestral techniques that have been passed on from generation to generation.

The artisans source a specific type of clay from the shores of the Rio Magdalena. Once the clay is molded into its desired form, they are dried in the sun and then polished with precious stones. The objects are then placed in the oven at 800°C. Finally, the artisans start the smoking process using a combination of dried local spices. This final step gives the pottery its iconic black color.