Chulucanas at Buffalo Trading Post

IMG_0380 At Buffalo Trading Post, there is always something new and fun coming in through the door. Recently, a shipment of Chulucanas pottery came in directly from the Piura Region of Peru. The pottery that comes out of this region is hand made and the style and technique dates to the pre-Incan days. The designs on this pottery varies, but is traditionally made in back and white. The clay is cultivated from the ground, and is hand kneaded to let all the air pockets disappear before the clay is shaped into works of art. IMG_0382 After the clay is shaped and smoothed, it is fired twice in a special kiln. After the first firing, the darker areas are painted with a liquid clay and is fired again using mango leaves to smoke the clay and leave the charred residue on the dark areas, thus adding more black pigment to the clay. This process takes several days, and the smoking process is repeated four times. The end result is a lustrous piece that is packed and shipped around the world. Our vendor comes twice a year from Peru to Buffalo Trading Post with new and interesting designs that we buy on the spot. All pieces are one of a kind. Come to Buffalo Trading Post and pick yours out today! IMG_0381