Dona Rosa Black Pottery, Candle Holder

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Dona Rosa Black Pottery, Candle Holder

44.00

Dona Rosa, a Zapotec Indian, is credited as being the single strongest advocate of black clay pottery and developed a special technique transforming the medium into a special art form which inspires admiration worldwide.

For millennia, black clay pottery remained essentially unchanged and undramatic. Its function was basically for the manufacture of simple storage vessels. It was dull and unremarkable in its appearance.

Then, in the 1950's, Dona Rosa discovered that by burnishing the unfired clay using a quartz crystal, it produced a lacquer- like, silver glisten. This single discovery transformed the pottery into a new art form.

The walls of vases became canvases upon which the Zapotec could practice their most ancient art, carving, heretofore limited to wood and stone. The medium underwent a complete metamorphosis.

Each piece is individually handcrafted. The artisan hand molds each vase without the use of a wheel. After a lengthy drying process, it is intricately embellished with amazing patterns using sharp knives and other hand tools. Finally, it is fired in an underground, earthen kiln. This process can take up to one month and longer for large pieces.

The pottery emerged from its transformation from a pedestrian water vessel into beautiful, mesmerizing, artwork. As its reputation quickly grew, international collectors began making pilgrimages to purchase it. The new “acceptance” inspired an explosion of new shapes and sizes.

Dona Rosa's energy and ingenuity has made her an international icon in the promotion of barro negro. She single handedly inspired a new prosperity in her region.

Presidents and many celebrities traveled to meet her before her death. Today, Dona Rosa's descendants continue the business and the Alfararia Dona Rosa is the single largest producer of black clay pottery, although many Zapotec artisans practice the art.

 

The Magic

As one gazes upon the beauty of this amazing pottery, it reveals a timeless mystery. Every mark, cut and design in the filigree down to the sheen itself, is executed by hand. In this modern world of mass production and planned obsolescence, this artwork cannot be duplicated.

Note: Barro negro is only fired once therefore not applicable for exterior uses such as gardens or patios. Because each piece and style is completely handmade, the design may be slightly different from the depiction in many of the vessels with filigree. The design you will receive will most likely vary slightly from the example.  

To touch timelessness, purchase your very own mystical black clay selection.

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