Barro Negro is a special pottery from San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca characterized by its black colour. Just in this area the special clay is found for the production. The magic behind this material is the process which requires a lot of experience, sensitiveness and time. This is what creates the metallic shine on the surface. Today just a few families produce Barro Negro pieces and secure their living expenses by selling mainly decorated art sculptures and vases.
Our aim is to reinvent this extraordinary artisanry in a contemporary way as well as it is our principle to improve the artisans living situation by creating a professional and constant work environment.
In 2009 we started to work with just one family to challenge the ways of production. After a long and difficult learning period studio davidpompa and the artisans are now working together on many different design projects and achieved quality standards that haven't been seen in Barro Negro. We are proud to work with the families that create the most beautiful pieces in the highest quality.
Since 2012 we work with a family company in Hidalgo to develop incredible glassblowing pieces that we combine with high end technology in various illumination collections. The difference to industrially manufactured glass is a 100% artisanal and by hand driven process. Every piece is made by hand and shows a unique personality.
Glassblowing is a glass forming technique that involves inflating molten glass into a bubble with the aid of a blowpipe. The glassblowers bring the glass in its shape at this moment, before the glass cools down. That allows the glassblower to define the shape more exactly. After the first shaping, most of the pieces will be heated again. We use traditional methods together with high quality standards for our products.
For all of our products we use 100% recycled glass. This creates surprisingly tiny air bubbles inside the glass surface and creates a special appeal together with light.
Talavera is considered as premium quality pottery in Mexico and also other parts of the world with origins in Puebla, a city in Mexico. It is known for tableware, vases and tiles.
The process to create Talavera is elaborate and it has not changed since the early colonial period when the craft was first introduced. Only natural clays found in the area are used. The process of producing a piece of Talavera takes three to four months.
We are proud to work together with Uriarte Talavera on our design objects. The company founded in 1824 is famous all over México for their quality and unique pieces of art. The experience and exceptional quality from Uriarte was important for us, when we decided to collaborate. Since 2012 we work together on a series of products and together we challenge the boundaries of artisan and design to create unique objects.
We create pieces with a contemporary shape combined with new materials and state of the art technology that can match with classic as well as modern interiors. Our aim is to reinvent Talavera with a new unique visual identity, but still respecting the materials heritage.
It is a tradition in Mexico to weave products in any product or form. One of the best known is the Acapulco chair that is woven out of plastic strings.
We are working together with "AKELE home", a family company with tradition, experience and incomparable quality on our first collection woven by Mexican artisans. Although the finished product looks simple it takes many steps to create the high quality objects. The plastic strings are produced with high quality basic materials which guarantee durability in and outdoor. First step is the framework which is made by hand and without heavy machines. After that process artisans start weaving with a complex technique to ensure long lasting products.
The strings are produced specially for Studio davidpompa after a process of colour selection. In our first series of products we try to find the purity of this Mexican artisanry and to interpret it in a new way.