This beautifully made, hand-crafted Traditional and Authentic Cantarito de Barro is made by artisans living in the Oaxacan highlands. The red clay is gathered from the surrounding hills. Bits of wood, stone and corn are used as tools to mould the clay on a traditional banding wheel. The pottery is burnished using a stone and brush to give it a smooth unglazed finish. Finally it is pit fired under corrugated metal with wood, sawdust and cardboard. This Cantarito, made of earthenware or "clay" maybe glazed inside or out (or both) then fired over low heat. The results are earthy, stunning and a pleasure to use. Clay has been traditionally used in Mexican cooking because the clay imparts a specific flavor to the foods that can't be reproduced in a metal pot. Before use, be sure to cure by using a simple seasoning process before use of this Cantarrito. Fill with water and place it over a direct flame.Allow the water to boil for a few minutes. Add a bit of Mexican pottery to your kitchen and table with this gorgeous handmade Cantarito De Barro. The special and authentic hand shaping of the Barro makes them unique in proportion. An element that makes handmade so beautifully perfect. There are no breaks, but please keep in mind that this clay material is hand handled, shaped and made; minimal chipping is natural. Cantarito is ready for use and certainly to add a bit of Mexican style decor to any table setting or folk kitchen. With this product you aren’t just buying a dish but rather a piece of Artistry. This Cantarito is perfect but not limited to storing and drinking water, is popular for giving the water a refreshing delicious earthy flavor, thanks to the clay with which it’s made and will at the same time keep your water, or beverage nice and cool for you as well. It can also serve great as a traditional “Fishbowl” container for your desired refreshing Alcoholic Cock-tail beverages, and recipes. Cantarito is 9.5” H x 8.5” W at thee Top Opening.