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Barro Preto ( Black Ceramic) has been present in Portugal for centuries, but unfortunately, with time it has become a dying art.
Our story with ceramic started in the town of Vila Real, where I (Gil) took my degree. While making a documentary for a school project about the potters of the region, more specifically Bisalhães, a small village near Vila Real. During the research, I came to discover that it was actually a practice that dates back several centuries is not only typical of Vila Real but in many regions of Portugal.
Being surrounded by all the history and tradition I became passionate about preserving the concept and art that is associated with the Barro Preto. Now, this practice is sadly entering extinction not only in Vila Real, to all over Portugal. This is why we started this Kickstarter project.
Why The Black Color?
The characteristic black color of the clay smothering the ceramic in the final stage of cooking, preventing the entry of oxygen.
Traditionally the cooking was done in a Soenga,a shallow outdoor pit. The distinct black color is a result of the cooking process that removes the oxygen, alongside the type of porous clay used.
Why Choose Preto Ceramic?
- 100% natural earthenware
- Can maintain the temperature of food or liquids for a long period longer for both cold and hot
- Sustainable, the piece will last you generations.
- Preserve the history and tradition of Portugal
- Beautiful rare aesthetic
The ceramic is a high fire flameware, ideal for oven use. It can take temperatures as high as a pizza oven. Care for your flameware by soaking it in water prior to use to increase the moistness of the dish. All the pieces are unglazed. Use wood or plastic utensils and non-abrasive scrubber for cleaning. Hand-wash only to preserve your Barro Preto.
Barro Preto in History
Located next to the city of Tondela, the village of Molelos is characterized by an old handmade activity, the crockery of black clay.
The productions of clay did not only live by themselves, but also by the context from which they originate and by the role they may have played. The black clay of Molelos and from other places in Portugal was consecrated through its utilitarian function in the daily life of the populations.
Used to preserve cereals, olives, and oils, to take to the fire and to cook food, to store liquids like water and wine, or to be served to the table, the black ceramic has maintained, over time, its essential role in the life of populations.
Who Are We?
Gil Moura is from a small village in Portugal, studied a degree in videography before developing a passion for ceramic.
Amelia Clay is from the United States. Gil and her met in Porto while working on a previous project. Together they have embraced the mission of avoiding the extinction of Barro Preto in Portugal, bring this ancient art to the world with the help of Kickstarter.
Luis and José are our potters. Their family has been working with pottery for nearly a century now and own a ceramic factory in a small Portuguese village.
We partnered with Hugo, a young designer to help us envision our debut collection of 11 pieces. Using modern lines while maintaining traditional look that fit the current marketplace
The factory is of Luis and José, located in a small village in Tondela called Molelos. They have the production capacity that we need not only to maintain the historic origins of the Preto, but the quality paramaters we were looking for. Recently they started using a modern oven to mirror the process used in Suenga to create the black ceramic. This modern approach allows us to produce a higher quality, consistent finished ceramic and larger quantities at a time.
The Debut Collection
This eleven piece collection is a mix of modern and traditional. We created pieces to fit into every aspect of daily life.
Barro Preto in Use
- 15k cork stopper for all backers
- 20k wooden box for all backers
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Risks and challenges
We have many years of experience designing and manufacturing interior design products. Therefore, we understand the risks that can occur in the production process. As with any physical item, flaws not picked up in the rigorous testing phase are possible. That may result in a delay in delivery.
One challenge is coping with a larger direct-to-consumer delivery than we’re used to. That’s why we have already planned for this and have lined up several options for third-party logistics, all of whom have crowdfunding expertise.
As Barro Preto gets geared up for production, there will likely be some minor adjustments to improve the final product. Pre-production prototypes are made to test and refine the product and allow us to incorporate our adjustments and those suggested by experienced manufacturing partners. These will always be for the benefit of you, the consumer, and we will let you know exactly how and why any are made.
If any issues arise, we’ll communicate them to you as soon and openly as possible so you won’t be left in the dark.