La Chamba pot/soup tureen
As some of you know I am shopping for my fabulous green home. This is one of the items that will go in my green kitchen. ( Love how they are made) Each piece is made by hand. Being made by hand enables the user to feel the lasting impressions of the artisan. The dinnerware is not glazed but burnished. After each piece is made it it coated with a fine red clay. The red clay is then rubbed with natural stones. After firing the red hot pieces are covered with rice husks and smoked. This part of the process is what changes the color from red to black. Small imperfections in the finish and flecks of minerals (mica) in the clay are due to the handmade process. The mica gives the cookware the ability to heat evenly and not crack under temperature changes. (I will be totally putting it on my buffet to serve up my famous organic bean soup) La Chamba dinnerware is perfect from the stove to the table. It is suitable for the oven or stovetop.