These 4 beautifully hand-crafted Barro Salsero Bowls are made by artisans living in the Oaxacan highlands. 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. Made of earthenware or "clay" or in Spanish "barro" these 4 bowls are authentic and a piece of fine art. The bowls 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. Add a bit of Mexican pottery to your table with this gorgeous handmade Salsero De Barro piece. The special and authentic hand shaping of the dishes makes them unique in proportion ....an element that makes handmade so beautifully perfect. Excellent for Salsas, Cilantro, onions, guacamole and other Condiments. There are no breaks, but please keep in mind that this clay material is hand handled, shaped and made; minimal chipping is natural. They are 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. Barro Salseros are 2.5 inches in Height, with a Top Diameter of 4.5” each bowl and a bottom Diameter of 3 inches. 100 percent Lead Free and safe to use. Measures total 9.5” x 9.5” x 2.5”.