Our Starlight Bowl starts with raw clay dug from the fertile soils of Swaziland. After preparing the clay, the artisans coil the wet clay to form the rough shape of the bowl, then the coiled bowl is pinched and smoothed until the shape is round and even. The bowl is left to dry, then burnished and polished to give it a smooth, satin feel. The prepared bowls are fired over open flames to give the red earth a smoky finish. The clay bowl is then completed with intricate weaving by the artisans from the Lavumisa region of Swaziland. Made from indigenous Lutindzi mountain grass and sisal fiber, these materials are woven around bundles of firm Lukhasi grass. The wrapped coils are molded and stitched together to form the bowl shape. This weaving technique is unique to the artisans in the southeastern part of the country. Each basket takes approximately two full days to just to weave around the edges of the pottery bowl.
Dimensions: height 5.5 inches and 17.5 inches around.