Our production is located in a small village characterized by an old handmade activity, the crockery of black clay. Portuguese black ceramic is an ancestral handcraft activity characterized by its cooking process called "soenga". Crockery is placed in a hole in the ground, partially covered with pinewood and clods of earth and ignited with fire under the potter attentive eye. The final phase consists in a reduction-type cooking, where the hole is muffled, preventing the entry of oxygen, which explains the black color.
Portuguese black ceramic has survided and lived through its context but also by the important role it played in people's lives. The black ceramic in Portugal was consecrated through its utilitarian function in the daily life of the populations. Used to preserve cereals, olives, and oils, to take to the fire and to cook food, to store liquids like water and wine, or to be served to the table, the black ceramic has maintained, over time, its essential role in the life of populations. Today, the use of black ceramic in Portugal is consedered a dying art.
Nowadays, we adopted practical and functional wood ovens that replicate the physical and chemical processes of "soenga", enhancing the quality and perfection of each piece.