AUTHENTIC HAND-MADE Ceramics & pottery
All of our pottery comes from the small village of San Juan de Oriente in southwestern Nicaragua. This town has a long history of pottery-making, dating back to Pre-Columbian times. Many families have been here for generations and the art of pottery and ceramics continues to be passed down from parent to child.
Each piece is hand-made, using only traditional tools, and its creation is many hours in the making. Clay comes from the volcanic soil of the area and must be softened, a process involving a worker walking on it for several hours. For most pieces, paint is obtained naturally from a mixture of water and rocks. These rocks, which allow for a large variety of colours, all come from different locations in Nicaragua. Pottery wheels are bicycle-style, powered by foot. The pieces are then fired in a clay oven heated by bamboo.
Each piece is decorated individually, according to the artist’s specialty. Geometric designs are common; etching for these pieces is done painstakingly by hand. Floral and animal designs also figure prominently and often include intricate detail.
We buy directly from five families, but the benefits of this economic activity spread throughout the community. Many of our pieces are made by award-winning potter, Roger Calero, along with other members of his family. Other Nica Ceramica artisans include Vidalia and Javier Potasme and Javier Amador.