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Vintage Collectable Vase Signed by Artist Valeriano Paz - Chulucanas Peru Pottery

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Valeriano Paz Arishendis invokes fantastical images where geometry and symmetry are carefully exalted. He paints them on handcrafted vases as a testimony of the rich artistry that distinguishes the Chulucanas ceramic legacy. The pottery emerges from the kiln hardened and smooth, ready for decoration. In the classic technique, a mixture of sand and ash is used to paint the designs. The ash mixture may be brushed on or applied with a wooden stencil. Modern techniques have replaced the ash mixture with liquid clay slips (called barbotilla), which can be colored more easily. In either case, those portions of a piece that are to be black are not covered, but left bare.

The decorated piece is then placed in a second kiln filled with mango and / or banana leaves, either fresh or dried. The smoke and resin produced by the burning leaves render the unprotected areas a shiny brown to black. The color obtained is a function on the type and quantity of leaves burned in the kiln. A given piece may be smoked more than once, until the desired effect is achieved. This gives the distinctive Chulucanas finish.

This vase is about 6" tall with an 18" circumference. Not watertight; for decorative use only.

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Vintage Collectable Vase Signed by Artist Valeriano Paz - Chulucanas Peru Pottery