ISSUE 78  |  Heading South

Design Sleuth: La Chamba Pottery from Colombia

June 25, 2013 5:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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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.