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Portuguese Black Ceramic

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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.

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.

"Soenga" Part of the Traditional Cooking Process in Vila Real
"Soenga" Part of the Traditional Cooking Process in Vila Real

Traditionally the cooking is done in a Soenga,a shallow outdoor pit. 

Traditional Oven
Traditional Oven

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. 

Rice made in Barro Preto
Rice made in Barro Preto

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.

Pizza made in Barro Preto
Pizza made in Barro Preto

 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.

Delicious Fish made in Oven with Barro Preto
Delicious Fish made in Oven with Barro Preto

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.

Serving with Barro Preto
Serving with Barro Preto

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barro Preto
Barro Preto

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.

Ceramic Wheel
Ceramic Wheel

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. 

Woman Carrying Barro Preto Circa 1930's
Woman Carrying Barro Preto Circa 1930's

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.

Family Making Barro Preto Circa 1920's
Family Making Barro Preto Circa 1920's

 

Traditional Fair Selling Barro Preto "Feira dos Pucarinhos"
Traditional Fair Selling Barro Preto "Feira dos Pucarinhos"

Who Are We? 

The Founders 

Gil Moura is from a small village in Portugal, studied a degree in videography before developing a passion for ceramic. 

Gil
Gil

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. 

Amelia
Amelia

The Potters 

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 . 

José on the Ceramic Wheel
José on the Ceramic Wheel

 

Luis on the Ceramic Wheel
Luis on the Ceramic Wheel

 

The Designer

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

Hugo Sketching The Designs
Hugo Sketching The Designs

 

The First Sketches of Barro Preto
The First Sketches of Barro Preto

Our Factory 

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.

Prototype of The Cup
Prototype of The Cup

 

Inside the Factory
Inside the Factory
Polishing the Pieces Before Cooking
Polishing the Pieces Before Cooking

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plate
Plate

 

Plate Top View
Plate Top View

 

Bowl Set
Bowl Set

 

Rectangular Oven Dish
Rectangular Oven Dish

 

 

Oval Oven Dish
Oval Oven Dish

 

 

Our Timeline 

 Stretch Goals 

  •  15k cork base for Cups/ Bowls /Jug /Pot / Plate / Pizza Plate / Oven Dish
  •  22.5k wooden box for all backers (less the ice cubes)

 

If your country is not available on the shipping option please contact us

 

Risks and challenges

PRODUCTION:
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.

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.

PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS:
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.

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    Ceramic Plate

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    The perfect jug to keep your party entertained and beverage's ready to go. The jug fits about 1 liter of liquid.

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    Ceramic Oven Dish

    This Oven Dish is perfect for any casserole or baked item you can think. (medium size)

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    Extremely durable and works well at very high temperatures.

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    Ceramic Pizza Stone with Pizza Cutter

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    Ceramic Oven Pot w/ Wooden Spoon

    This ceramic oven pot plays on tradition where can be used to cooked rice, meat stews and other dishes. Holds one liter of liquid.

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    3 Piece Oven Set

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    1 - Pizza Plate with Cutter
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    3 - Dipping Bowls
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Funding period

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