The frame of this clock is made with solid capiz oyster shell, compressed into shape. The texture and lines of the individual shell pieces still come through the broad brush strokes of brown on the background of the clock. The distressed look of the earthy, rich background color giving an aged feel which is complemented by the added detail of the weathered, hand-painted numbers.
Capiz is an oyster shell and the primary purpose of the oyster is as a source of food. However, the by-product, the shell, can be used for decoration. The clock is created by compressing capiz shell together and forming it into shape. The final result is a light-weight, plate that feels similar to plastic. Due to it being a natural material, the natural colors of the capiz may come through as tans and browns underneath the hand-painted surface.
Our products are made using materials that are sustainably harvested, use non-toxic dyes, and water-based finishes. Additionally, we view ourselves as partners with our artists. We continuously exchange ideas on how to improve production, product quality, and the health and well-being of the makers that work to create the products we sell. We visit our artisan groups on a regular basis to ensure that our core mission is being followed.