Soledad Christie has lived in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile for almost 30 years. Surrounded by this amazing landscape, this vast, silent and naked world, which has a rich history of superb, traditional, pre-Columbian monochrome pottery, especially the black burnished ritual pottery, Soledad's work is deeply rooted in both, landscape and tradition. Her hand-built, sculptural ceramic vessels are created using the traditional techniques of pinching, coiling and paddling. Each piece is burnished with a small river stone several times during the drying process, in order to achieve their wonderfully smooth and incredibly tactile surfaces, it then undergoes two firings, a low temperature gas kiln firing and then a traditional open sky firing, using llama and goat dung as fuel.
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