The history of La Chamba collection
La Chamba potters’ village is located on the banks of the Magdalena River, in the state of Tolima. For generations, the know-how of their ancestors, the Panche and Pijao tribes, who made ceramics for ceremonial use, was maintained.
Heirs to this technique, the new ceramists created objects for domestic use, filled their canoes with pots and sailed to nearby villages to sell them on the markets.
Today, the craftsmen and women of La Chamba make dishes and pots of red and black ceramic with the mud they extract from their land.
Women are responsible for grinding, kneading and molding the mud, while men get the wood and cook the pottery in artisanal ovens, after they have dried in the sun.
The black color giving them this unique look is obtained after the cooking, through a smoking technique. Each piece is then polished with a special stone, which gives it a slightly shiny look, characteristic of this Colombian ceramic.