Ceramica Lenca or Lenca Pottery

Since Pre-Columbian times the Lenca ethnic group have been spread out in Central America, in what is now known as Honduras and El Salvador. Now a days, there around 100 thousand lencas in Honduras and they are found in several regions of the country: Intibucá, Lempira, La Paz and Valle. Even though their language disappeared, they have kept alive some of their customs.

Lenca Vases Oval

Recently their pottery has gained a lot of popularity, because of its beauty. The pottery is decorated with geometrical designs with white and black colors. Besides being a huge success in Honduras, recently it has gained a lot of popularity in the United States and Europe. The Lencas used this pottery to help them with several tasks around the house, now a days, it is being used only for decorative ornaments around houses, stores and offices around the world.

Lenca Square Vases

This is a great opportunity for the Lencas to spread their culture and let the world know about the beauty of their crafts and pottery. The villages such as La Arada, the artisans still are making the pottery as their ancestor made it, creating beautiful jugs, jars, bowls, jugs, vases, incense burners and pots. Everything they make is by hand and do not use any machinery or wheels to help them.

Lenca Plate

Now because of this popularity, there is a need to improve the wellbeing of the Lencas. Honduras arts, as a part of our purpose would like to encourage fair trade and other Socially Responsible movements that will help the Lencas and Honduras. If you are interested in knowing more about the pottery and our projects with the Lencas, please contact us through the form in our blog.  Also soon, we will start selling some arts and crafts from Honduras. Check out our Arts and Crafts Store

Since Pre-Columbian times the Lencas have been spread out in Central America, in what is now known as Honduras and El Salvador. Now a days, there around 100 thousand lencas in Honduras and they are found in several regions of the country: Intibucá, Lempira, La Paz and Valle. Even though their language disappeared, they have kept alive some of their customs.

Recently their pottery has gained a lot of popularity, because of its beauty. The pottery is decorated with geometrical designs with white and black colors. Besides being a huge success in Honduras, recently it has gained a lot of popularity in the United States and Europe. The Lencas used this pottery to help them with several tasks around the house, now a days, it is being used only for decorative ornaments around houses, stores and offices around the world.

This is a great opportunity for the Lencas to spread their culture and let the world know about the beauty of their crafts and pottery. The villages such as La Arada, the artisans still are making the pottery as their ancestor made it, creating beautiful jugs, jars, bowls, jugs, vases, incense burners and pots. Everything they make is by hand and do not use any machinery or wheels to help them.

Now because of this popularity, there is a need to improve the wellbeing of the Lencas. Honduras arts, as a part of our purpose would like to encourage fair trade and other Socially Responsible movements that will help the Lencas and Honduras. If you are interested in knowing more about the pottery and our projects with the Lencas, please contact us through the form in our blog.

11 comments for “Ceramica Lenca or Lenca Pottery

  1. 11/19/2010 at 6:42 pm

    I adorably and wonderfully admire this Lenca ceramic and pottery work of an art. I’m very much passionate when it comes to pottery making and design creation. That is why I’m very much particular about pottery designs. I find Lenca unique.

  2. artehonduras
    09/08/2012 at 1:03 pm

    beautiful and very well made​​, is a great example of the capacity of the Honduran craftsmanship.
    very good post congrats

  3. Jenny
    10/10/2012 at 7:47 am

    can you please tell me where I may purchase lanca pottery from in USA?

  4. 04/24/2013 at 9:54 am

    I am looking for medium plates or bowls in Lenca pottery for my daughter’s wedding. Would need about 20 depending on size and price. Thank you.

  5. Brenda
    06/14/2014 at 9:16 pm

    Can you tell me where I can purchase lenca pottery tiles?

    Thank you

  6. Brenda
    06/16/2014 at 8:40 pm

    Can you tell me where I can purchase Lenca Pottery in. USA?

  7. Brenda
    06/16/2014 at 8:40 pm

    Can you tell me where I can purchase Lenca Pottery in the United States?

  8. Jeff Alexander
    01/12/2016 at 3:20 pm

    Looking at a plate or two, the one shown above, how much will they cost, and are there state side vendors available

  9. gloria c.joyce
    07/06/2017 at 9:46 am

    Los LENCA en epoca MAya classic hicieron tal decoracion negrizco llamado NEGATIVO> Lo cual ha sido hecho en todas las AMERiCAS antiguas Columbia_ecuador-Peru-chile-Argentino.Por la conquista se desparecio totalmente hasta ano 1966 en CHULUCANAS PIURA Peru sede de los VICUS 600AC.un alfarero Gerasimo Sosa ALACHE se lo re-escubrio el proceso de los Pre-colombinos Americanos.En 1982 Alfareros para la Paz( USA) se lo llevo(Negativo la tecnica de sosa) a coop de mujeres Ducuale Grande Cordaleg y en 1986 de alli fue introducido ( el negativo) a la gente de LENCA.de Sosa ha sido difundido a nivel mundial desde 1977. Sosa ha sido honrado por Gobierno PERU honor AMAUTA 2000!
    Aparecio en Zinapecuaro Michoacan Mexico en 2005-2007.

    GCJ ex asesora RESCATE de TECNICAS Ceramicas Herederas-Chulucanas Piura Peru 1967-1981( ad honorem!)

  10. Charlene
    11/06/2017 at 9:18 am

    Hello:

    I would like to purchase Lenca pottery in Honduras – somewhere close to Tegucigalpa, Trujillo, or La Ceiba over the next week or so.

    Any suggestions would be welcome, thank you!

    Charlene

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