Nicaraguan Pottery Labyrinth 9.5-inch Carved Vase, Black and White
- Designed and handcrafted by Nicaraguan potters
- Meticulously hand-carved and painted in dramatic black and white
- 9.5 x 5.5 inches (DxH); signed by the artist
- Highly collectible, artisan quality; not for use with water
- Individually handcrafted, so some variations should be expected
A carved labyrinth pattern and dramatic black and white contrast give this Nicaraguan pottery vase contemporary appeal.
Some of the world's most distinctive pottery is created in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua, a small village nestled among volcanos alongside a picturesque lagoon. In a typical village scene, you're likely to see ox carts delivering clay and other materials to the various workshops. The clay is thrown on a kick wheel to form the shape, then painted using mineral oxides. In the next step, the pieces are carved, sgraffito style, using homemade tools typically fashioned from the spokes of a bicycle wheel. Once the carving is finished, the objects are baked in a wood-burning kiln constructed from adobe bricks, and then polishing completes the creative process. The final product is a truly beautiful object, the result of many hours of loving labor at the hands of gifted artisans. Due to handcrafting, variations should be expected and add to the originality of each piece.
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