Beautiful pottery from the Roca family, made with black clay found in Verdú, in the Catalonia plain. Traditions are inspired by shapes and colours dating back to medieval times.
Techniques of the manufacture, especially of those before the appearance of tap water! of the traditional Black Pitchers of Verdú has been passed through generations. In the studio, there is an old Moorish type of ceramic kiln that dates back to 1730! Also particular to this tradition is the technique of finishing ceramics directly in the flame. The flames create the uneven shades of beige and gray that are typical of this pottery.
Black clay takes on its characteristic black colour when fired with wood and no oxides or ceramic glazes are added. The colour of the piece is defined by smoking during firing. At the studio, they make one batch of black ceramic smoked with wood, in a traditional oven, approximately every two months; the stock is limited, and of course each piece is a unique work of art.
The black ceramic bottle, hand turned by Josep Anguera, gets its shape from the traditional original designs of ceramics fired with olive and almond wood, which have endured over time thanks to the region's heritage of know-how. Approximately 5" x 12"
Lanterns and Vases of Light for incense or candles or tealights, made in a traditional wood oven, using only olive and almond woods. Their shape and texture match the black color produced by the smoking process. No oxides or ceramic glazes. Just clay and firewood. Lanterns are approximately 5" x 6"; Vases of Light are approximately 4.5" x 4.5"