Stoneware Spoon Rest Sugar Skull Edition

A highly functional and indispensable kitchen utensil known as the spoon rest can also be a splendid work of art. This solid stoneware Porta Cuchara or spatula rest will keep your kitchen interesting while the counter, stovetop, and walls are kept clean from splashes of the homemade batch of chili that requires constant stirring.

An instrument for the kitchen connoisseur inspired by Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead thoughtfully crafted by skilled artisans to accentuate your kitchen decor while you perfect the epicurean pleasures.

Dimensions | Weight 
11"long x 5"wide x 2" at thickest point. | 2 pounds

The Artisan Process of Creating Quality Kitchen Utensils with Personality.

Each Porta Cuchara or Spoon Rest is molded from a very dense and durable ceramic known as stoneware. The perfect natural clay composition, stoneware is known for ability to handle high heat, non-toxic natural clay, steadfast weight, and long lasting durability are just a few of the qualities you would expect from a quality tool kitchen. The thoughtful wide concave shape of these Porta Cuchara's will hold a range of spatulas, mixers, tongs and other baking / cooking utensils.

The stoneware spoon rests are twice baked in a high-fire kiln at temperatures reaching 1700˚F. This first bake transforming raw clay down to a molecular level the high heat and curing process forces out tiny air pockets condensing the material so that it is literally as hard as a rock, hence the name "stoneware". The baked stoneware has a wonderful natural vanilla color with a soft matte finish.

The beautiful patterns and Sugar-Skull artwork are applied by skilled hands a process that insures both patterns and artwork on each piece are never exactly the same. This innovative artisan technique is called "relíeve" meaning "relief", the technique requires skilled artisans to apply layers of natural lead free paint by hand to the surface of each Porta Cuchara / spoon rest. During the 2nd bake this relief painting technique literally raises the painted pattern providing a glossy texture just to the painted areas a beautiful contrast to the surface of the stoneware.

Where Authentic Hand Painted Sugar Skulls Originated From.

The Sugar Skull mug is a signature Zenwaro design. The hand-painted vibrantly colored skull or calavera was adapted from original art inspired by José Guadalupe Posada commonly referred to as "the father of the Catrina". One of his most renowned sketches "La Calavera Catrina" was originally sketched in 1888 by one of Mexico’s first & most infamous satirical cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada. 
Born in a small town located in the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico on February 2, 1852. As a boy Posada was educated by his older brother Cirilo, who was a “campesino”(farmer or country folk) and a school teacher of sorts. Cirilo taught his younger brother how to read, write, and draw. This small but significant bit of education would prove to be a critical asset to Posada as he matured to become a Mexican political printmaker and engraver. Posada’s work has influenced many Latin American artists and cartoonists because of its satirical acuteness and social engagement. He used skulls, calaveras, and skeletons to make political and cultural critiques.

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