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Design Sleuth: La Chamba Pottery from Colombia

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 26, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Alexa Hotz last modified Jun 25, 2013

A reader sent an inquiry a while back about some black ceramic cups we featured in a post, which sparked our fascination with La Chamba ceramics, a style 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: In the US, Toque Blanche has the widest selection of La Chamba pieces we've seen. Photograph from  A Color Palette Worthy of Ingmar  Bergman . Above: A Chamba covered pot in textile artist Paula Leen's kitchen in Holland . Above: The Ceramic Mug is about 4 inches high and is 70Kr ($10 USD) from Afro Art in Sweden. 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. N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 15, 2012.  Considered Design Awards: Vote for Your Favorites in Each Category Once a Day Remodelista Reader Finalists Remodelista Professional Finalists Gardenista Finalists Best Dining Space Best Dining Space Best Architectural Feature Best Office Space Best Office Space Best Indoor Garden Best Kitchen Space Best Kitchen Space Best Urban Garden Best Bath Space Best Bath Space Best Edible Garden Best Bedroom Space Best Bedroom Space Best Outdoor Room   Best Children’s Space  






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