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The 'Cantaro' vase is part of the 'Tama' collection. Handmade in Tamazulapam del Espiritu Santo, Oaxaca, the piece is moulded by hand and fired in the pit according to a pre-hispanic tradition. The name Cantaro refers to a traditional vessel used to transport water, which has been re-interpreted by the talented designers at Onora into a contemporary statement piece. The vase is available in a medium and large size, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for extra photos.
Dimensions: Small: H 23 x D 31 cm; Large: H 33 x D 30 cm
Made in: Tamazulapam, Oaxaca, Mexico
Artisans Community: Tamazulapam, Oaxaca
About The Designer
ONORA was founded by Maggie Galton, an art historian turned designer from New York and Maria Eladia Hagerman, a Mexican born designer living in Los Angeles.
They were brought together by their shared passion for Mexico’s cultural richness and their belief in applying innovation to Mexico’s rapidly fading artisanal sector with the final goal of preserving this important component of Mexico’s identity.
Together they have formed ONORA – a brand dedicated to the creation of high end, hand crafted textiles and home accessories in collaboration with Mexican artisans.
Each exquisite piece created by ONORA expresses the core principles at the base of the brand: the strong commitment to social impact, the profound respect for tradition and craftsmanship and the spirit of collaboration with artisans.
About The Technique
In Tamazulapan and nearby villages there are roughly 100 women making pottery. The vessels are coil-formed, the most common pottery technique used in Oaxaca. Initially the clay, shaped as a small bowl or plate, is places on a small disk to form the base of the vessel. Long and round portion of clay is then applied on top of the vase, whilst the rotating disk. Using both hands the potter pulls the coil up until the clay is worked by hand into the final shape of the piece. Slip and burnish, an ancient and simple way to decorate pottery, is then used to give the surface beautiful effects. A fine clay is applied to the surface of the vessels and then stone-burnished, which means the surface is polished using a hard stone.