Handmade by Juan Paulino Martinez, this clay pot is painted and etched with designs inspired by nature. The unusual pot, which is 6 inches long and 5 inches tall is low fired and is shaped like a fish. Signed by the artist, the pot is not designed to hold water.
Meet the Artisans
Working with the fair trade organization Esperanza en Accion, men and women artisans in Nicaragua produce traditional pottery pieces that are world renowned. Artisans in San Juan de Oriente make the pottery using a manual kick wheel and finish the pieces using natural mineral oxides for the earthen colors. The fantastic flora and fauna of Nicaragua are the basis for stunning vase designs and novel wind instruments. The pottery is fired using a low-temperature technique so the vases are decorative as they do not hold water.