Barro Rojo Plateware Set by Doña Valentina
We first met Doña Valentina through our mutual friend, Shelley Armistead, pottery buff and partner at the Gjelina restaurant group in Los Angeles. Shelley had asked us to connect with Doña Valentina during a sourcing trip, in hopes that we might purchase corn from her family in San Marcos Tlapazola, Oaxaca.
As it turned out, we had been sourcing corn for years from within Doña Valentina’s community but had never had the opportunity to work with her in particular. We happily met with Doña Valentina at her home and al fresco pottery studio, where, sipping champurrado together early in the morning, she shared that she lacked surplus corn from the year’s harvest but hoped to work together when circumstances allowed.
We returned from the meeting, touched by Doña Valentina’s hospitality and also inspired by her talent for the traditional pottery her town is famous for barro rojo (red mud/clay). We knew our paths would cross again.
In preparation for this holiday season, we commissioned a limited number of barro rojo plateware sets from Doña Valentina. Each set comes with two plates (one entree plate and one tortilla/bread plate) and a bowl, each signed by the Doña herself.
Small plate diameter: 10″
Small plate weight: 1lb 4oz
Large plate diameter: 11 1/4″
Large plate weight: 1lb 8oz
Bowl dimensions: 6 3/4″ (diameter) x 4″ deep
Bowl weight: 1lb 9oz
Not dishwasher friendly. Wash by hand and dry thoroughly.
Doña Valentina guarantees her work is 100% natural: lead-free and free of any other chemicals.
Each plate is handmade and slightly different from any other. Barro rojo is porous and can slightly sweat with liquids.
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