This vase is made in San Juan de Oriente, which is a village in Masaya, Nicaragua. The piece has eclectic appeal and will add artistic flair to any home. The clay is placed on a kick wheel to form the shape then painted using mineral oxides. Crafted by hand from terracotta, it takes its colors from cobalt oxide and colorful stones that are ground and mixed with liquid clay. In the next step the pieces are carved using homemade tools often made from the spokes of a bicycle wheel. Once the pieces are complete, the objects are baked in a wood-burning kiln made from adobe bricks and then polished. Geometric motifs are etched by hand to form an intricate network of fascinating textures. The tiny squares reveal the natural color of the fired clay.