Introducing our Guatemala Collection! This collection of handmade terracotta pieces features a natural finish and is delicately hand-crafted just for you!
Each piece is hand-sculpted, dried in the sun, and then fired. During the sculpting process, Guatemalan artisans add various details to the clay using different objects, tools, or even their fingers. Before the firing process, several pieces are painted with a red clay slip and then burnished. Burnishing is a pottery treatment in which the surface of the pot is polished before firing. After firing, the surface is extremely shiny. Following the burnishing process, some items get a separate colored slip applied to create different style details.
The products that skip the burnishing process result in a more texture appearance.
The firing process involves placing these unique works of art on a grate above a pine bark fire. Next, the pottery is covered with grass for 2-3 hours to bake to perfection! The occasional black spot can sometimes be found on these items due to this ancient firing process. Don't worry though, this sporadic imperfection is a natural part of this process and adds to the uniqueness of every handmade Guatemalan piece.
We are so thrilled to bring this beautiful collection to our At West End family and would love to see these pieces in your home! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook so we can reshare your photos with the At West End community!
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