Oaxacan Clay Planter | Cara

$175.00 CAD
Color: Natural Clay
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HANDMADE IN MEXICO

This stoic Oaxacan clay planter is handmade using techniques that have been handed down for centuries.

Story

Ana Beatriz follows her ancestral heritage and craft- her mother has dedicated more than three decades to the art of Oaxacan pottery, learning herself from Ana's grandfather. These pieces are born from ancient traditions that have been passed down through generations.

The family's work in clay is fire and water and is described in the indigenous language of Nahuatl as Atlachinolli or ‘burned water' – the art of combining opposites, combining opposing forces, to create beauty. The clay pieces are formed with water and are born of fire. Truly, this is beauty through clay.

Details
  • EXTERIOR MEASUREMENTS:
    • SMALL: 22 W x 22 Diameter x 20 cm H / 8.5 x 8.5 x 8"
    • MEDIUM: 22.5 W x 22.5 Diameter x  25.4 cm H / 9 W x 9 D x 10"
    • LARGE: 25 W x 25 Diameter x 31 cm H / 10 x 10 x 12"
  • INTERIOR MEASUREMENTS:
    • SMALL: 18.5 W x 18.5 Depth x 18 cm H / 7.25 W x 7.25 D x 7"
    • MEDIUM: 19 W x 19 Depth x  23.5 cm H / 7.5 W x 7.5 D x 9.25"
    • LARGE: 21 W x 21 D x  29 cm H / 8 W x 8 Depth x 11.5"
  • Has a Drainage hole in bottom
  • MATERIALS: 100% Oaxacan Clay
  • ORIGIN: Mexico
 Product Care

Dishwasher safe. Please note these pieces are sensitive to abrupt temperature changes, and can be prone to cracking if moved from extreme hot to extreme cold, and vice versa. 

Meet the Artisan

Oaxaca, Mexico

Ana Beatriz

Part of our Oaxacan artisan family, Ana Beatriz learned to work in the renowned red clay of Oaxaca as a child, as did her mother and her grandfather and many more before them. Her grandfather created traditional large animals covered in chia for Easter week – and the “chia pet” craze was born from his work.

The view of these artisans is one of “duality”, of Ying & Yang, of man and woman. They gather their clay as a family, and different mines represent different elements of the duality. They take the clay with their own hands from the mine “where the woman is”, a clay which is very flexible and soft. And from another mine, they harvest white clay – representing the man. The materials are then mixed in a perfect union.

The entire process is organic, ethical and transparent. And the sum is far greater than the parts.