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A friend commissioned a jar similar to ones she was fortunate enough to see in a cave in Belize. These particular jars, or pots, are called "ollas" and were used, at least in the case of the jars found in the Chechem Hah Cave on the Moralez family property in Belize, as grain storage containers. The family discovered the cave in 1989, but scholars believe the cave, undisturbed for so many centuries, was abandoned by Mayans around 900 AD. Stalactites and stalagmites have formed around the remains of the ancient ollas. Many of the jars are still intact, though, and some even have rounded tops to cover the grain stored inside. Most of the jars in the Chechem Hah cave have this funny little creature on the outside of the pot -- is it a monkey or a human or even a jaguar?

My olla is glazed in albany slip brown which shows as rich chestnut reddish-browns, deep chocolate browns, and warm golden browns. I applied slip to parts of the jar to give it a feeling of roughness, antiquity, and decay. Use your olla as a display piece, or as a practical piece in your work-space, in a kitchen, or even in your office. It can hold anything from wooden utensils to homemade cookies! The jar is about 7" tall and 6" wide at the bowl portion.

All of the stoneware made at Bright Leaf Pottery is dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe (if put into a cool oven and heated to temperature) and glazed with lead free glazes.

As with all hand or wheel-thrown pieces there may be variability from piece to piece. My stoneware is usually high-fired to cone 7 or cone 8 in an oxidation firing. Please remember that each piece is handmade and may differ slightly from the photos on your computer screen.

Many thanks for stopping by Bright Leaf Pottery.

Olla Jar Pot Artifact made in Mayan Style

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: clay, stoneware, glaze, albany slip brown, chestnut, golden brown, ivory, creamy
  • Feedback: 35 reviews
  • Only ships to United States from Washington, D.C., United States.