Onora’s line of burnished black pottery is entirely handcrafted by four different family run pottery workshops in the town of San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca. This community has about 600 families in the area dedicated to the craft.
The dark ebany color of barro negro is due to the unique properties of the clay in this region and to its firing process. The clay is extracted from the surrounding hills and cleaned to remove impurities, which can take up to one month of soaking in water. After this process, each piece takes about twenty days to complete.