Named for its place of origin, La Chamba clay cookware from Colombia is crafted completely by hand using centuries-old methods. Made from local river clay, the stunning matte-black surface of this casserole dish—which is actually a soup pot—works as well as cast iron but is much more lightweight and easier to handle, with great heat retention. The sturdy bottom of this pot is perfect for slow stovetop cooking, and you can feel free to simmer stews and soups without the risk of burnt-on food at the bottom of your cookware. And because La Chamba cookware is hand-polished using semi-precious stones, its surface is exceptionally easy to clean and has nonstick properties. The pot itself and its lid are hand-molded to fit each other, providing a tight seal when in the proper position. We also love how the black clay resembles Korean stoneware; it is perfect for cooking and serving dishes such as our Pork and Kimchi Stew
Making La Chamba cookware is quite literally a community effort, and every piece passes through the hands of various skilled artisans in one village in Colombia. The three types of clay used in the dishes’ construction make them strong enough to use in the oven, microwave or on your stove—but as with all clay cookware, La Chamba pieces should not be exposed to extreme temperature shock. Rinsing a hot pot under cold water, for instance, may cause it to crack.