Amazing Moroccan pottery decorated with cade oil

Poterie marocaine à l'huile de cade

In Morocco, in the Marrakech and Tangier regions, we discovered a surprisingly traditional handmade pottery decorated with geometric friezes composed of black polka dots. On unglazed red clay cups, bowls and jugs, artisan potters apply cade oil (“katran” in Arabic),  with pads or directly with the finger. They create sets that can be highly complex. This “oil” is a vegetable tar extracted from juniper wood. It needs to be heated to make it liquid and easier to apply to the ceramic.

This preparation is said to have many virtues and benefits, and is the source of many beliefs and superstitions. It purifies water and repels insects. Some Berber women put a little on their children’s faces to protect them from scorpions and snakes.

It’s according to this tradition and with these craftsmen that we’ve worked on some of the objects in the Eldfell collection. These repetitive abstract motifs are fundamentally contemporary.

céramique maroc huile de cade

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