Marvami - Sheep

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Sheep — sold
Cooked red clay
Beautiful dark lead like color
Heavyweight and rustic feel
Made by hand in Barcelos, Portugal
Approx. 4.5" x 4" (13 x 10cm)

Mr. Júlio Alonso 's is a third generation of clay worker and the last person that uses a very special cooking process. Using ordinary red clay, he sculpts the piece and place it in the oven. After reaching 1000 degrees, the furnace is lined with smoky fuels such as pine needles, and the oven is sealed. It is nothing other than the smoke that gives its black metal like color. 
The uniqueness of the result even made his neighbours afraid that a demon or evil entity was behind the final color of his work! Mr. Júlio creates mainly religious figures and pieces of pottery but on his spare time, he sculpts these strange but enchanting animals.