This small cooking pot is still commonly used to cook rice in Portugal. It is part of the pieces traditionally made by Sezinando Fernandes Ramalho, one of the last 5 potters to use the ancestral technique of making black pottery in Bisalhães, a technique registered as a UNESCO World Intangible Heritage Site.
The originality of this pottery lies in its color, which can vary from coal black to dark gray. This coloring is obtained naturally by firing in the open air, in a fire of wood, grass and damp earth. More than an object, this pot is a part of the Portuguese heritage, considered today as world heritage to be safeguarded, by UNESCO.
Why I love it
- A part of the Portuguese heritage recognized by UNESCO.
- A unique object and an ancestral technique.
- Diameter: 17 cm approximately
- Height: 8 cm approximately
If you want to know more about this manufacturing process, go to our blog and read our article on the black pottery of Bisalhães.