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Casseroles in Times of a Pandemic

At Trasto we love casseroles. They allow us to cook a wide variety of dishes, from moussaka to spinach soup, but at the same time they have a certain simplicity and humility. By cooking food in the same container it is served, you save time and energy. Plus, you transmit to people a homemade feeling of fresh food made with love.

We know that right now we can’t physically share with many of our friends and family. However, it’s very important to take care of yourself and practice self-love. What better way to do…


How to protect life on the planet.

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“We are what we are, we are fundamentally a fossil-fueled civilization” Vaclav Smil 2019

To stop using fossil fuels is not as easy as renewable energy enthusiasts claim.

I‘ve put together a couple of examples and numbers that help us understand the economic dimension of global warming. And then what an economy, that seeks to protect life on the planet, might look like through an idea of CO2 credits.


Molds allow you to capture and replicate the mastery of one sculpted piece in an industrial way. The mother piece, or counter mold, is generally made of clay. Then a formwork is prepared around the counter mold and plaster is casted on it creating the mold. The plaster poured feels like a liquid silk that seeps through all the details of the counter mold, leaving them fixed in the plaster when it hardens.

Foto: Aaron Greenwood

History

“Slip (liquid clay) molds have been in use since ancient times. Around 200 BC, the 8,000 Terracotta Army soldiers (Shaanxi province, China) were manufactured…


The Paleolithic era

28,000 BC

Pottery is of great historical importance for the evolution of civilization. The oldest piece found is the Venus by Dolní Věstonice. It was excavated in the Czech Republic and dated to around 28,000 years BC – In the Paleolithic era! (1) The first utilitarian pieces are believed to have been created around 9,000 BC. (2) In other words, for 20,000 years, human beings only created millions of ceramic pieces as artistic expression and as physical representation of their creation myths. The Venus of Dolní Věstonice, for example, is clearly a symbol of female fertility.

The Neolithic era

6,000 BC to 3,000…


MATERIALS GUIDE

To identify responsible products with the planet

You might think that living in the 21st century, none of the products offered in the market threaten life on our planet, the life of corals, polar bears, orangutans, forests and well…I could go on and on.

With the endless list we all know, the point is that unfortunately, this isn’t so. There are many products that claim to be “green” but it is not entirely true…well, except for the color of the packaging, maybe.

Below I will give you the most important data you need to know about materials so…


Surely in your house there are many ceramic objects: the sink, a planter or Trasto’s mini casseroles. However, not all pottery is the same. There are many ways to classify clay and here we give you a guide made by us!

Trasto’s mini casseroles are made from red clay.

Earthenware or Red Clay

This is the most common type of clay and its reddish color is due to the presence of iron oxide (Lathe Potter). This is the same iron that gives your blood its red color. Red clay was used to make the first clay objects. It is refractory, that is to say it resists high temperatures, such as being directly…


What is plasticity?

How to control it for your clay recipe.

Plasticity

Plasticity refers to the ability of a material to change shape (FAO 2015). The more plastic the clay, the more easily it is molded with the hands to transform it. The less plastic, the more it tends to break and crack when deformed.

In Trasto we use a recipe plastic enough to be able to model the casseroles on the lathe, but not so plastic that they crack in the drying process. …


The great news is that enough energy has been concentrated from the sun to reach temperatures above 1000 degrees Celsius!

If you’ve been keeping up with our latest articles, you know that in Trasto we work with temperatures around 1,000 degrees Celsius and this is one of our biggest concerns regarding climate change.

In fact, it is one of the biggest concerns when we talk about Climate Change in general, for the entire planet.

We require huge amounts of energy to reach temperatures above 1000 degrees Celsius that allow us to melt iron for our buildings, cars, and bridges; glass…


The idea is to reduce the amount of waste. That’s why we designed this hand-woven basket that can be reused for years. In addition, the product is wrapped in 100% cotton fabric, perfect for use as a cleaning cloth.

We have designed a special closure in the packaging to keep your products protected with a system of rings that open and close. Finally, there is a paper booklet with photos and product information. …


Clay comes from the decomposition of sedimentary rocks, which occupy about 75% of the earth’s surface. These can be in valleys, ravines, lakes … anywhere, really. Wind, rain, erosion and other natural vehicles transform the rocks into sand, dust and then consolidated materials such as clay.

Photograph: Taylor Kopel from Unsplash.

At the molecular level, clay is mainly composed of hydrated aluminum silicates, that is, silicon (Si), aluminum (Al) and water. It is naturally white but when it contains additional elements it may be brown, reddish, black and even purple. The tone serves as an indicator of the purity level. White clay, also known as…

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