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. Check out the centrepiece and vase from the same series.
Dimensions: H 7.5 x D 6 cm
Made in: San Bartolo de Coyotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico
Artisans Community: San Bartolo de Coyotepec
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
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˚.