Nicaraguan Pottery Starry Mosaic 10" Carved Vase, Black and White
A carved mosaic and dramatic black and white contrast give this Nicaraguan pottery vase contemporary appeal. The myriad tiny stars are created one at a time by poking a pin in the clay before it hardens. Later, white paint is rubbed into the surface, then wiped off the high regions to create the black and white contrast which makes this such a striking piece.
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.
- Designed and handcrafted by Nicaraguan potters
- Every part of the design is hand carved, including the myriad tiny stars
- Each is unique, so some variations should be expected
- Highly collectible, artisan quality; not for use with water
- 10" x 6" (DxH); signed by the artist
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