Barro Negro - Hand-Etched
This Barro Negro (black clay pottery) candle features a hand-etched floral motif with a burnished black finish. This one-of-a-kind piece of pottery is handcrafted in Oaxaca using traditional methods that date back generations. It has been meticulously designed by master ceramicist, Omar Fabian, who is known for merging modern artistic principles of graphic design with the long-established ancestral craft. The pottery is then filled with 100% bees wax melted in a copper kettle from an indigenous artisan workshop in Oaxaca. Each piece is a unique work of art that will become a lasting collector’s item long after the all-natural, ethically sourced candle is gone.
On any given day, you can find Omar creating Barro Negro (black clay) pottery in the artisan area of Oaxaca, Mexico. Crafting using the same pre-Hispanic methods of his Zapotec ancestors, Omar is now wielding his expertise in graphic design to burnish the fine pieces of pottery with intricate detail. His work is now greatly admired throughout Mexico. Omar’s pottery is then filled with premium 100% bees wax using the ancient methods of the indigenous Zapotec in Oaxaca. This includes using a live fire under a cast iron kettle to melt the bees wax. The main artisan and owner, at 90 years old, is still a big part of this process. Each candle is a true product of craftsmanship and a result of empowerment.
Mexico’s history is a crossroad between the cultures of Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Modern Mexican art is utilitarian at the core, but detailed in beautiful patterns and colors that are rooted in folk art traditions from the indigenous and Spanish eras. We showcase beautiful, hand-crated products for everyday use like shoulder bags and cell phone cases.
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