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Oaxacan Clay Bowl

Oaxacan Clay Bowl

The unusual firing technique used to make these terracotta bowls result in a spectrum of colours that range from beige to peach and soft grey. Handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico, the local clay is soaked for 20 days to remove impurities before being soaked and burnished with a quartz crystal. The bowls are then wood fired underground and oxidised, leaving the pieces with their varied colours.

The black clay bowls are made using local traditional artisanal technique called barro negro. After soaking clay is filtered for 20 days to filter impurities, the clay is smoked to create the black colour and burnished by polishing the surface with a quartz crystal. This gives the dessert plate its warm glossy finish. To finish, the pieces are wood-fired in underground pits or kilns.

Complement the set with the designer’s contrasting plates in black or terracotta.

This set is from the designer’s The Oaxacan Loving Collection where the same natural material (a clay local to Oaxaca) yet finished in two different ways to create contrasting colours – one black and the other pale terracotta. Two styles as different as night from day.


Natural clay local to Oaxaca.
14m (diameter) x 9cm (height)
This is a natural clay, which is a very good thermal insulator. It does not get hot with boiling water, so it will protect your fingers. Even though our pieces can resist high temperatures we recommend not to put them in direct contact with fire or for long time in the oven. The special finish with beeswax is resistant enough for food but you should avoid to use aggressive soaps or dishwasher. A soft and natural soap and a sponge is enough to clean them and preserve the beautiful shine for a very long time. You can be confident in the using forks, spoons and table knives with these products. Be careful with sharp knives as these can scratch the piece.

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