Black Clay, a tradition alive

Black clay is traditional from the north of Portugal. We can find many craftsmen on Vila Nova de Poiares, Tondela or Bisalhães (Vila Real). The colour comes from a baking technique nominated, in Portuguese, as “Soenga”. On the final process of bake, all pieces are covered with pine wood and soil to stop entering oxygen. In that way, each piece acquires a dark tone and becomes waterproof.