Studio 02 - Martina de Avila Micaceous Cookware

Category / Medium:  Ceramics

Favorite Nearby Restaurant:  Tesuque Village Market

The beauty and power of each piece of Micaceous cookware is thanks to the precious gift of Micaceous Clay found in New Mexico. I hand dig Micaceous clay in Northern New Mexico. The clay is prepared with rainwater and dried in the sun. The clay is rare to find and it's 80% mica content allows the cookware to withstand high heat. Each piece is hand coiled and scraped with shell or wooden tools. It is sanded smooth with sandstone collected north of Santa Fe. Then the pieces are polished with a shiny agate to bring the mica to the surface and make the clay sparkle. Each is fired outside over open fire and are then marked by fire clouds, feathers or horsehair. Black and silver outcomes are from a second firing and carbon is embedded into the clay. Archeological digs prove to us that micaceous clay cooking vessels have been used in New Mexico's culinary history for hundreds of years. With home use your New Mexican Micaceous cookware will become nonstick as oil and fat are naturally absorbed into the clay. The vessels gradual patina embeds your personal cooking story to be passed down through the generations.