The mineral-rich soil of central Portugal has made it a mecca for hand-crafted earthenware for hundreds of years. Barro Negro means "black mud" and the gorgeous, rich color of these ceramics is all natural and left unglazed. These stealth matte black hand-thrown terrines are perfect friends for your finishing salt and your special pepper, for olives (and their pits) or dipping sauces, for nuts or chocolates, for corralling your rings sinkside or your jewels bedside. In case you need them to (roasting spices or individual cremes brulees come to mind) these can also withstand pizza oven temps. Use your imagination! 2 1/2" x 1".
Take Care: Give these special pieces a little TLC and they'll last a lifetime. Natural earthenware is particularly porous, so handwash and go easy on (or skip) the soap. If you live in a particularly dry climate/apartment consider soaking your flameware in water before use with heat. The clay will absorb the water and release it in the oven. Use wooden utensils when cooking and non-abrasive scrubbers when cleaning.