THE TECHNIQUE : CERAMICS
Handmade in Nabeul, Tunisia each ceramic piece from Le Souk Ceramique is created using old world techniques and natural ingredients. Craftsmen & women begin by shaping each item using white Portuguese molding clay, either on a potter's wheel or by hand. After each piece is hand-formed, teams of artisans work with natural glazes to create the hand painted designs.
Each painter has a distinct duty in the painting process, meaning as many as six or seven artisans may touch a single piece before the design is complete. The artisans freehand paint the motifs to create the intricate designs adorning each piece. Once completed, the finished products are fired in a kiln, setting the glaze.
Due to the hand-crafted nature of these items, each piece is unique. The subtle differences call to mind the charming history behind the craft. Ceramic art in Tunisia is an old and rich cultural tradition, and the city of Nabeul was a center of pottery as early as 150 BC. Le Souk Ceramique continues that tradition today by continuing to make beautiful ceramic earthenware using traditional techniques.
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The studio of Le Souk Ceramique opened in 1997 in Nabeul, Tunisia. Each timeless design is created in the studio where the artisans do not use any machinery or decals. The artisans mix every color batch of food safe glazes by hand and freehand paint every detail, resulting in one-of-a-kind works. Le Souk sets wages above minimum wage, provides healthcare and social security payments for artisans, and is in process to receive Tunisia’s Fair Trade certification.