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Beautifully traditional, these terracotta luminaries are perfect for lighting your fireplace mantle, your front porch or back patio, for any space you'd like to liven up with a festive glow.   Handcrafted in a family workshop in the community of San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua, this ceramic luminary is created out of local clay, turned on a kick wheel, and wood-fired in a beehive-shaped kiln.  When you invite one of these masterfully created luminaries into your home or when you share it as a gift, you are also offering a place to share the stories of the artisans in Nicaragua whose livelihoods and futures depend upon your thoughtfulness.  Available individually in 4 sizes or in a set of 4.


Add a tealight from artisan partner Silence in India to complete this gorgeous look.  Silence is a self–help project for artisans who are deaf or physically disabled. In a country where unemployment is high, people who are disabled rarely find work. The situation is even more difficult for women with disabilities. Silence works to help their artisans become self–sufficient and earn their living, training team members in different skills. After completing Silence’s training courses, artisans are encouraged to move into commercial housing so that new artisans can be trained. Silence artisans produce incense sticks, candles, greeting cards and jewelry. These are exported or sold locally at Silence’s retail store. Artisan benefits include a retirement fund, health and personal accident insurance, profit sharing and certification of disability to qualify for free bus transit and reduced government taxation.

Traditional Ceramic Luminary

  • Approximate size:

    • 6-inch: 3" wide x 6" tall (12-13" hanging height including rope)
    • 7-inch: 3.5" wide x 7" tall (14-15" hanging height including rope)
    • 9-inch: 5" wide x 9" tall (16-18" hanging height including rope)
    • 11-inch: 7" wide x 11.5" tall (21" hanging height including rope)
  • Handmade in Nicaragua by Women of the Cloud Forest

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