Here at Pascale we have fallen in love with this absolutely stunning, traditional Colombian homeware.
Chamba homeware is well-known throughout south America and is still made in the traditional manner, by families in the village of La Chamba, on the banks of the Magdalena River in Central Colombia. Each piece is entirely hand-crafted using local clays. The pieces are not glazed, instead they are painstakingly burnished by hand using agate (the semi precious stone) and achieve their gorgeous, satiny black finish during the unique firing process. The craftsmanship to produce them may date back hundreds of years but they are adapted to modern life. The clay is toxin free and small imperfections in the finish and flecks of minerals in the clay are due to this handmaking process and the natural materials and are a characteristic of the pottery.
Chamba homeware cleans easily. A quick soak and wipe down with a sponge or soft cloth is all you need to clean it. Cleaning in the dishwasher or use of abrasive cleaners is not recommended, nor should you soak your Chamba for long periods.