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Baker Ornaments Set of 4

Contemporary Handmade

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ST. FRANK

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PROVENANCE

These hand-crafted wood utensils originate from the fallen branches collected in the Peten jungle, the largest remaining tropical jungle spanning Central America and the cradle of Mayan civilization. This forest was also the same wood source that built the grand Mayan ancient structure, La Danta, which still stands today. Woodworking generates a positive economy for Peten artisans. Each piece, whether it’s the durable and stunning Jobillo, the slow-growing and decay-resistant Ziricote, or the Pixi wood picked just at the right moment to achieve its one of a kind map-like lines, is hand-finished in a non-toxic, food-safe beeswax paste derived from local bees.

These red clay pieces are handmade from red clay, or barro rojo, from the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. The clay is hand formed without the aid of a potter’s wheel. Then, the piece is finished with a red clay slip to create a unique texture. In pre-Hispanic times, this technique was used to create comales, a round flat tool used in the kitchen to cook tortillas. Today, the women of the central valley of Oaxaca continue to practice this craft. The technique is passed down from generation to generation, from mother to daughter.