micaceous clay, iron lid
Made by Camilia Trujillo & René Zamora in New Mexico
Featured at the 2nd International Triennale of Kogei in Kanazawa, Japan
The chocolatero was originally a spice jar that arrived in New Mexico from Asia via the Manila Galleons Spanish trading ships during the 17th & 18th centuries.
Once in Mexico the spice jar was retrofitted with a locking iron lid and used to store precious cocoa beans, which at the time were almost as valuable as gold.
Camilla Trujillo has recreated the chocolate storage jar out of micaceous clay and Zamora in Mexican tradition has hand foraged the locking iron lid.