This beautiful object is the perfect fusion of traditional techniques and contemporary aesthetic. The texture and shine of typical black pottery is achieved using a firing process in used since pre-Hispanic times. This versatile piece can be use as a tumbler, or just as a stunning decorative object with a story to tell.
Dimensions: H 10 x D 8 cm
Made in: San Bartolo de Coyotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico
Designer: Colectivo 1050º
Artisans Community: San Bartolo de Coyotepec
About The Designer
Designers Kythzia Barrera and Diego Mier y Terán set up a non-profit organisation called Innovando la Tradición and created COLECTIVO 1050º, as the retail side of the project offering a group of distinctive clay objects.
Run as cooperative COLECTIVO 1050º promotes a fair and sustainable model that represents more than 50 potters in six different communities in the region of Oaxaca. Each object is created collectively and merge the wisdom of tradition with the dynamism of innovation under the motto ‘Together, we turn mud into beauty’.
Each beautiful object selected for our collection bring the magic of fire, earth and water to your home and it’s a treasure to cherish.
About The Technique
San Bartolo Coyotepec is famous for its shiny black pottery and it’s distinct from all other pottery villages in the region of Oaxaca. The unique black-brown or silver-grey colour of the pottery is a result of firing technique. Once the fine clay is modelled into a vessel the potter fires it directly in a pit. This in-ground kiln is then made completely air-tight, so the absence of oxygen creates smoke which penetrates the clay of the vessels turning them black. This type of pottery is fired typically overnight over a period of 9 hours and at a relatively low temperature of 720˚.