Barro Preto ( Black Ceramic) has been present in Portugal for centuries, but unfortunately, with time it has become a dying art.
Why The Black Color?
Terracotta is a reddish/brown colored earthenware clay that is kiln-fired. People have used terracotta throughout history for pottery and sculpture, as well as bricks and roof tiles. Terracotta, which in Italian means “baked earth,” is one of the oldest materials used for cooking food. Ancient Romans cooked in this earthenware, and now many chefs around the world are keeping this old tradition alive.
The distinct black color is a result of the cooking process that removes the oxygen, alongside the type of porous clay used, that is why it not reddish in the end.
Traditionally the cooking is done in a Soenga,a shallow outdoor pit.
Why Choose Barro Preto ?
This type of fired clay is perfect for long cooking over low heat. Barro Preto pots are suitable for simmering, slow cooking, roasting, frying, baking, and boiling. Barro Preto dishes can be used to serve right from the oven and straight to the dinner table.
Barro Preto is ideal for baking purposes, since it distributes heat evenly, helping your baked goods turn out perfect. Traditionally, pizzas are cooked in brick ovens. Porous Barro Preto draws in moisture from the dough, producing a perfect crust.
Advantages of Using Barro Preto Cookware
Barro Preto cookware has a reputation as a “green” way of cooking. All nutrients and flavors remain preserved inside the pot, making an excellent foundation for a wholesome meal.
Heat and moisture circulate slowly in porous Barro Preto pots, which is the perfect environment for delicate and slow cooking.
Barro Preto is an excellent retainer of heat. Meals cooked in a Barro Preto pot, when set aside with the lid on, retain heat and moisture for a long time without becoming soggy.
Barro Preto also keep content cool perfect for wine, water and other beverages
Unglazed Barro Preto absorbs oil and becomes seasoned with age and use, which improves the non-stick performance and quality of the bakeware.
Barro Preto kitchenware looks natural and it brings a touch of retro to any kitchen. These are great cookware pieces for serving and add nice spice to the table for family dinners.
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.
Barro Preto in History
This production is located in a small village 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 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 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 of Portugal. They have the production capacity that we need not only to maintain the historic origins of the Barro 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 collection is a mix of modern and traditional. We created pieces to fit into every aspect of daily life.
All the pieces are unglazed. So it can not be use like a glazed piece. Use wood or plastic utensils and non-abrasive scrubber for cleaning and hand-wash for better results.
- 15k cork base for Cups/ Bowls /Jug /Pot / Plate / Pizza Plate / Oven Dish
- 22.5k wooden box for all backers (less the ice cubes)
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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