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Ceramics had been in Mexico for thousands of years before the Spanish arrived. Often manipulated by coiling, pinching and molding to create utilitarian cooking vessels, pipes, masks, toys, sculptures and a multitude of art forms were created.

After the Spaniards arrived the industry expanded throughout the republic, many regions and cities becoming known for their particular specialty: Talavera tiles of Puebla, Painted Majolica wares of Guanajuato and Barro negro a burnished black ceramic of Oaxaca.

The Mayans used slip casting as a decorative technique first applying a decorative film of beeswax and then immersing the object in a colored clay slip. Later upon firing the wax would burn off revealing the second colour inside.

Continuing the tradition of slip casting we have designed a range of contemporary lighting, substituting painted slip for high fire ceramic, our designs are manually  cast, dried, and hand painted before firing. Once cooled the pieces are glazed in our signature colours and re-fired. The process takes between two to three days – what’s the rush good things are worth waiting for !

Ceramic is a beautiful material to work with and perfect for contemporary lighting. Clean, smooth and resilient, its opacity controls and guides light decisively, defining space with a chic elegance, perfect for that small intimate space where total light control is an imperative.

All our ceramic lamps are lit with dimmable LED lamps chosen for their warmth and low impact on the environment.

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