Dezeen Showroom: Peruvian designer Caterina Moretti has created a pendant lamp made from black clay and glass for lighting brand Graypants, which combines ancient craft techniques with a contemporary design language.
Pedro is an expert in barro negro pottery, which has been produced in San Bartolo Coyotepec for more than 2,500 years using the naturally black clay found in the region.
"Oaxacan clay, a material that we have been exploring for some time now, provided us with an opportunity to design an object," Caterina Moretti told Dezeen.
"The black clay technique dates back from pre-Hispanic times and tells our people's story of empirical knowledge, exploring and communicating with nature."
The Barro lamp comes in two variations, featuring a black clay pendant holder with a smoked glass shade or a red clay holder with a clear shade. The two clays are each fired using a different process.
The black version is fired for a longer period of time and kiln vents are temporarily closed to reduce the amount of oxygen in the oven and bring out the deep-black colour of the clay.
The red clay is finished using a shorter firing process, without making use of this oxygen reduction technique.
"When I first met Amando Pedro, I was struck with his vast knowledge of the barro negro craft and his passion for it," Moretti said.
"I was also struck by his eagerness to experiment and innovate, to take his pre-Hispanic craft, to transform and to innovate through his craft in a contemporary setting," she added. "These common interests set us together on a journey."
Barro's mould-blown glass shade has a subtle rippled texture, designed to highlight the ceramic structure underneath.
"The glass is blown in a workshop in the city of Oaxaca," Moretti said.
"We tried to have close communication between Amando, the glass-blowing workshop and me, that's why we picked places that are geographically close together. San Bartolo Coyotepec is just 16 kilometres away from Oaxaca City."
Other products in the running include pendants made from leftover aluminium profiles by MVRDV and Signals, a family of lights with conical mouthblown glass shades by Barber Osgerby.
The photography is by Andrés Alejo.
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