Chulucanas Pottery is a type of pottery produced in the small town of Chulucanas in the north of Peru, near the Ecuadorian border.
Brief history and description
Chulucanas Pottery is enduringly fashioned in the ancient, pre-Hispanic style of the region.
The practice of mainstream sale of Chulucanas pottery originates from the 1920s, when an earthquake caused four families to relocate from another town, Simbila, to seek out a new source of clay.
They found this source in Chulucanas, and their production base remained largely localized until the late 1960s, when their endeavours were encouraged by an American nun named Gloria Joyce, whose interest in pottery helped the family to improve the quality of their clay and their production techniques.
Since the 1990’s, the Chulucanas production line has been extremely professional, with a high turnover of high quality pottery.
Guide for collectors
Chulucanas pottery appears at both mainstream and specialist auctions; it is also available from a wide range of online sources, including eBay, where collectors may find particularly low prices, but are advised to assess the authenticity of any piece before purchasing, and if in doubt, to seek specialist opinion.
The Peru Tourism Board, viewable at the VisitPeru website features additional information for collectors of this unique collectable.
Chulucanas pottery has sold for widely varying prices at auction, with the end sale price largely dictated by the condition of the piece in question.
For instance, at the high end of the price scale, a ceramic Chulucanas vase with a brown and cream striped design auctioned for $100 from Clars Auction Gallery on 9th January 2005.
Meanwhile, at the lower end of the price scale, an artist-signed Chulucanas piece depicting a mother with her child sold for just $60 from JK Galleries, Inc. on 3rd September 2006, and a Peruvian Chulucanas pottery vase with a black ant design sold from Old Hat Auctions on 11th November 2006 for just $40.