- Safe for stove top, oven or microwave use
- Ideal for cooking and serving
- Distinct traditional yet modern design
- Made with natural, locally mined clays
- Lead free - Hand wash
- Size - 13 x 9 x 2.5 inches
Transfer your dishes beautifully from the oven to your table in this La Chamba black oval dish. This practical and elegant dish is expertly hand crafted to distribute heat evenly and retain temperature for long periods, making it the perfect vessel for heating and serving your favorite cuisine.
A versatile piece, this clay-based cookware is safe for oven, microwave, stove top or grill use (be sure to cure properly before cooking with this clay piece). Its porous nature allows for slow evaporation of steam, producing food that is healthy and tasty and that retains its moisture. Many agree that food prepared in La Chamba pottery emits a special, almost indescribable flavor compared to the same recipe in other dishes.
La Chamba cookware is made exclusively by hand in La Chamba, Colombia where the origins of the craft can be traced back over 700 years. From the banks of the Magdalena River in Central Columbia, local clays and a painstaking process are the secrets behind the distinctive, elegant yet practical cookware.
Local artisans hand burnish each piece with semiprecious stones until the surface is uniform before firing it for 3 hours. Saw dust, rice husks and other natural materials are added to the furnace and the resulting smoke gives the pottery the black color that characterizes La Chamba dishes. Because no glazes are used, the dishes are entirely toxin free. Due to its handmade nature, each piece is distinctive and will vary slightly.
Caring for La Chamba Cookware
Before using your clay La Chamba cookware for the first time, the piece should be cured to seal the pores. Fill the dish with water 3/4 of the way to the top and place it in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes. Over time, you will notice changes in color to the cookware, which is normal due to exposure to the heat source.
Hand wash La Chamba cookware with warm soapy water and a sponge or soft cloth. A brief soak will help with heavily soiled cookware. Do not use a dishwasher or abrasive cleaners and do not soak the cookware for long periods of time.
Like any clay or glass cookware, avoid drastic changes in temperature. Let the pieces adjust to changes in heat slowly either on the stove or in the oven. Likewise, do not place hot dishes on cold surfaces.