Technique: Ceramics


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.

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.

Craftswomen at Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative in Jordan create beautiful ceramics using different colored clays, glazes, and plaster. To create this tray, the women practice a slip-casting technique. They first take clay and turn it into slip, which is a liquid mixture of clay and water with a consistency similar to heavy cream. The slip is then poured into molds and left to sit for 12 to 24 hours based on the temperature and the weather. The excess slip is poured out and the remaining clay is left to dry. Once the molds are firmer, the pieces are removed, refined, and prepped for firing in the oven. After a three-day period, the pieces are sandpapered, glazed by hand with a certified lead-free glaze, and set back in the kiln for a final three days.


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Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative


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