Round dish

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Black Pottery La Chamba, handcrafted in Colombia

La Chamba is a collection of black clay pots and dishes. They are non-toxic and handmade using a traditional process that dates back centuries. Comparable to cast iron, this black pottery ceramic is ideal for slow or smothered cooking and brings the best out of your ingredients.

The unique black and slightly shiny color of each Chamba piece makes for a stunning presentation on your table.

We recommend you avoid the dishwasher, which with time alters the appearance of the ceramic.

Each dish was crafted according to a traditional process by generations of families of the village of La Chamba, in Colombia. These plates are made of local micaceous clay that is extracted from the banks of the Magdalena River. Each piece is dried in the sun after being molded, and stone-smoothed by hand. They are later fired in an oven, and finally smoked so that they obtain the black colour that gives them this unique appearance.

Some irregularities that you may find on your dishes are the result of this process, and are testimony of their authenticity.

This product is available in three different sizes:

Size 1: Diam 17 cm x Ht 4 cm

Size 2: Diam 20 cm x Ht 4 cm

Size 3: Diam 26 cm x Ht 4 cm

 



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The history of La Chamba collection

This La Chamba round casserole was made using a process that has been used in Colombia for several centuries.

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, was maintained. These people initially made this type of ceramic for ceremonial use.

Heirs to this technique, the new ceramists created objects for domestic use. They filled their canoes with pots and sailed to nearby villages to sell them on the markets.

Today, the artisans of La Chamba make cookware of red and black ceramic with mud extracted from their land.

Women are responsible for grinding, kneading and molding the mud. Men get the wood and cook the pottery in artisanal ovens, after they have dried in the sun. After being dried, semi-precious stones are used to polish each piece and make them shine.

Then comes the final stage known as “smoking”, which allows the clay to obtain its characteristic black colour.

Instructions for use

Before using La Chamba cookware for the first time, we recommend that you fill your dish three-quarters full with water or skimmed milk and place it uncovered int the oven for 30 minutes to one hour at 200°C. This ensures that your dishes are not porous. Although the sealing of your cookware can also be achieved after being used several times for cooking.

This pottery is primarily intended for the oven and use on gas should be secondary, especially with regard to flat-bottomed pieces. It is very heat tolerant. However, you should be careful with sudden temperature changes, such as moving it directly from the refrigerator to the oven.

Clean La Chamba dishes with soap and sponge or soft cloth. If food is difficult to loosen, soak (not too long) with hot water. We advise you to avoid abrasive sponges and the use of the dishwasher. Indeed, they will gradually alter its shine and make the clay more porous.

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Color

Black

Material

Black clay

Size

1, 2, 3