Golden sun, turquoise waters and a deep blue sky recall Mexico's Caribbean beaches. They bring rich, evocative color to stoneware bowls by Raul Hernandez. Crafted by hand, the sleek bowls reveal a squared shape suggesting sails.
Each (2): 7 cm H x 16 cm W x 16 cm D
Each (2): 2.8" H x 6.25" W x 6.25" D
Free of lead and toxins
Dishwasher: use top rack only. Hand wash recommended.
Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
"The part I enjoy the most is the unique effect the glazes have on the ceramic pieces. Opening the kiln to see objects no one has seen before me fills me emotion."
"I managed to learn the intricacies of ceramic art through hard work, repetition and experimentation, consistency and dedication – constant effort is really the only way I can think of to achieve success in the world of ceramics.
"I've dedicated my life to ceramics. Even though I studied industrial design, when I got to know about my city's school of design and handcrafts I decided to enroll in a theoretical ceramics course which inspired me to start practicing what I had learned. I was drawn to the process – I just knew I had to do it and that's how I stepped into the world of ceramics.
"Getting my workshop started is the result of several years' worth of daily effort. At first we didn't have the necessary funds, and we've also managed to survive times of hardship with few sales. However we persevered and we eventually overcame the obstacles that came our way. Today we're able to fulfill orders placed by customers who have been with us through the years – they trust the high quality of our products.
"The basic ingredient in all of our products is of course clay, but the most important one is the glaze, and over the years we have developed, tried and tested different formulas. We have developed high temperature glazes and the effects we have created characterize our work, which is very different to any other ceramic work you'll see crafted in Mexico.
"Nature inspires me – I look for the details in everything that surrounds me and then I try to give them a shape through my designs.
"The part I enjoy the most is the unique effect the glazes have on the ceramic pieces. Opening the kiln to see objects no one has seen before me fills me emotion. Yes there can be times when that emotion is a bitter one when you see how the high temperature transformed a design, but generally it's a good feeling and we achieve surprising results, as well as few catastrophes.
"We had pieces falling on top of each other when they're baking, accidentally resulting in weird-looking pieces. However most of the time we achieve beautiful, harmonic pieces. When we put our pieces in the kiln can be a very defiant moment, especially when the weather is bad, or the pieces are just too large. But in the end, what I love the most, is that ceramic art will always surprise you.
"At the moment I work with a small team of assistants – some have worked with me for years and some have recently joined us. I try to create a friendly working environment and to provide fair wages.
"My goal is to keep working hard at this so my venture grows and hopefully one or both of my children would like to continue the work I started – I would love it if it becomes a family tradition that goes on to be a family legacy for many generations."
1 Testimonial for Raul Hernandez
I ordered the Bacalar Lagoon Ceramic Condiment Bowl set (3) for my sister-in-law's 50th Birthday and she received the gift a few days ago. She just loves them and said it reminds her of the ocean. She loves to scuba dive so I wanted to get her something to remind her. The packaging and gift wrap are like nothing I have seen. She sent me a picture and it was just beautifully done. The items were fragile and she said they were packaged so well they would never be damaged. So happy to find this sight and next time, I'm sending a gift to myself!! Thank you so much!!