MAKERS | HOW IT'S MADE

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Getting products to you wouldn't happen with our makers, artisans, and producers. It couldn't be more important to share those processes with our customers.

TERRACOTTA


NATURAL, ORGANIC, TIMELESS.

Saltilllo is the heart of our business. Sustainably made and crafted by hand. We simply take clay from the earth, add water, mold, sun dry and fire in the kiln. By using 100% local Mexican clay and centuries old tile making techniques, we curated two all-natural products: Saltillo tiles and high-fired Cotto tiles. Both incredibly beautiful, each has their unique characteristics.

The artisans stack the tiles in the cave kilns on end, slightly overlapping so that they will not fall over. Prior to firing, they seal the opening of the kiln with clay to prevent heat from escaping. Then, they start the fire at the bottom of the cave. Furthermore, they add fuel to increase the heat until the kiln reaches the proper temperature. As soon as all oxygen of the cave atmosphere is used up, the flame then seeks the next available source of oxygen, which is the iron oxide in the clay tile. The flame burns it, hence flashing the exposed surfaces of the tile. Accordingly, the light buff color in the tile is the area that was flashed, and the lighter color in the tile is the area shielded from the flame by other tiles.

GLAZED TERRACOTTA


PERFECTLY IMPERFECT, DURABLE, AND CLASSIC HANDMADE TILE.

Glazed Terracotta, is the perfectly imperfect, durable, and classic tile. It is certainly an incredibly beautiful addition to a residential or commercial project. Did you know that Clay Imports was the first company in the world to glaze Saltillo tile? For more than 300 years, people have been firing Saltillo in Mexico, but three years ago we asked how one could go about glazing. Thus, we took glazing technology from Morocco and brought it to Saltillo.

HANDCRAFTED CLAY


TIMELESS TRADITIONAL FAVORITES

100% handcrafted, our Classics collection is a nod to the art of Mexican Talavera, Iberian cuerda seca techniques, and old world hand painted terra-cotta.

POCO CERAMICS


HANDCRAFTED FOR DAILY USE

Handcrafted at Clay Imports’ ceramic workshops in Mexico, this one-of-a-kind line of ceramics serves as a vessel for a variety of delectables. Each piece is formed individually through slip casting technique, hand dipped and “speckled.”

EQUIPALE


SUSTAINABLE, UNIQUE, QUALITY FURNITURE

Handcrafted equipales were designed over 500 years ago by skilled artisans of the Aztec Empire in central Mexico. Using organic and regional materials to craft furniture that provided both comfort and aesthetic pleasure, these artisans inspired a design concept that has been passed down through generations, standing the test of time. Today, authentic equipal furniture is handmade in Zacoalco de Torres, Jalisco, a small town located south of Guadalajara.

During the 20th century, equipales became popular through the rise of photography of beach resorts in Mexico. However, as demand for and production of equipales increased, their quality began to suffer. The goal of our New School Equipal collection is to restore high quality in equipal furniture while focusing on sustainability. This collection is composed of 100% natural and biodegradable products, such as locally sourced leather, Mexican rosewood, and waxed cotton twine.