This black pottery is made by a few families in Peru’s northern jungle in Loreto, using traditional methods unique to those jungle communities. The clay is formed by mixing the white clay from the Amazon basin with the ash of the apacharama bark. The pieces’ brilliant black color results from the process of smoking the ceramics with different plants and tropical woods - a process that makes them waterproof and heat resistant.
The Black Clay Baker is a stunning piece made not just for decoration but also for use. It can be used stovetop and in the oven without causing any damage to it or to the food. Since the ceramic’s color and shine come from the clay itself, it does not contain any paint or glaze that may flake off while cooking.
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Black Clay Baker
Material: White clay, apacharama bark, plants and woods local to the Loreto region
Large: 30cm diameter, 35cm with handles x 8cm deep (12” diameter, 14” with handles x 3” deep)*
Medium: 24cm diameter, 30cm with handles x 6cm deep (9.5” diameter, 12” with handles x 2.5” deep)*
Region: Jungle - Selva
Artisan/Community: Ceramicists from the community of Santo Tomas
Details/Care: The black clay pottery is useful as well as decorative - we’re pretty sure food tastes better from it too! Wash by hand with water and a light detergent.
*Please note that because our products are made by hand, without machinery or molds, items may vary slightly in size and color.