Artisans working at Chabi Chic practice traditional, culturally specific techniques in Morocco to create beautiful ceramics and pottery. The pottery is hand-molded and hand-painted from the beginning of the process until the end. The earth and the paint used by the artisans are edible and unleaded, and they do not contain foreign objects, which helps to prevent natural breaks. Artisans shape the clay or the ceramic, cook the material, hand-paint it, and cook it again in the process of making these products; when shaping the clay and ceramics, they use a pottery wheel. The ceramics and pottery are also food-safe and can be placed in a dishwasher and in the microwave.
We also work with artisans at India Kala. Ceramic production in India dates back to the Harappan civilization (4000 to 3000 BCE). As artisan families from the district of Khurja resettled in Pondicherry, they introduced a unique form of pottery whereby, a blue glaze was applied on red clay. The art of pottery making has spread to various parts of India, and Pondicherry has become an important center of contemporary pottery production, particularly of drinkware and tableware.
The mugs and cups are made using locally sourced clay. On average, two artisans work together to make each product. A mixture of moist clay is prepared using water. To attain the right consistency, the mixture is allowed to rest in a plaster bowl that absorbs excess water and gives the mixture a dough-like consistency. The mixture is then placed on the potter's wheel where the artisan gives it the desired shape. The pieces, whether cups or mugs, are then left to dry. When completely dry, the artisans polish each piece by hand giving it a smooth finish. The cups are then cooked in brick kilns. Cooking is a two-stage process. First, the pieces are baked at temperature between 830-850 degrees Celsius; at this stage, the cups and mugs acquire a brownish tinge. In the second stage, each piece is carefully glazed and then cooked at a temperature of 1350 degrees Celsius.