Design Sleuth: La Chamba Pottery from Colombia
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A reader asked about the black ceramic cups in yesterday's Swedish house visit (see A Color Palette Worthy of Ingmar Bergman ). It turns out the cups are La Chamba ceramics from the Andean mountains of Colombia, where they've been made using the same methods for the past 700 years. La Chamba pottery is made of locally mined clays containing mica, which allows the pieces to withstand heat; the pieces are burnished with smooth stones and then fired in small wood-burning ovens. All-natural and unglazed, they contain no toxins, are dishwasher safe, and retain heat well when cooking and serving. Above: A similar La Chamba Cup and Saucer Set is $14.95 at Animaliaca. Above: In the US, Toque Blanche has the widest selection of La Chamba pieces we've seen. Above: The Ceramic Mug is about 4 inches high and is 70Kr ($10 USD) from Afro Art in Sweden. A La Chamba Cup and Saucer Set is $14.95 at Animaliaca. Above: A Side Plate from Afro Art in Sweden is 125Kr. In the US, Toque Blanche has a selection of La Chamba Plates , $32.50 each or $109 for four.