How it's Made

Chamba pottery has been made in the village of La Chamba on the banks of the Magdalena River of Central Colombia for as long as anyone can remember. The clay itself is ubiquitous, and through special laws, belongs to the residents of La Chamba. It is even “mined” from the fields of local farmers prior to planting. The pieces are crafted inside the homes, dried outside on porches, patios and yards, and then fired in small ovens. Individual families specialize in certain pieces and most family members help in some way. The red or terra cotta colored slip that is applied prior to firing is mined further away and is purchased from vendors. The red clay is finer than the coarse black clay and enables the Chamba to be burnished to a fine sheen. 


Made from clay that contains mica, Chamba is able to withstand high temperatures as well as retain the heat of your meal for longer than standard cookware. All-natural and unglazed, it contains no toxins and will enhance the flavor of your recipes by extracting the most from your ingredients. Chamba can be used in the oven and microwave - even on the stovetop and grill. This versatile cookware is beloved by chefs and home cooks the world over. ​