Design & Fashion

The clay speakers reproducing “the sound of the earth”

The Chilean designer Pablo Ocqueteau has created clay speakers that combine ancestral manufacturing techniques and modern technologies.

Chile is a country whose traditions and cultural identities are commended through the works of skilled artisans that hand down their own working techniques from one generation to another. Chilean design encloses this, being still far from well-known brands and industrial factories. The designer Pablo Ocqueteau has realised handmade clay speakers that combine ancestral ceramic techniques with modern wireless audio technologies.


A brilliant idea, considering the common use of ceramic and clay in other contexts, such as cooking and gardening. The speakers are designed with unconventional production methods that use local resources to protect the environment. The clay speakers are called Mapuguaquén, name deriving from the Mapudungun language of the indigenous aborigines of Southern Chile, meaning “sound of the earth”.

Ocqueteau tries to honour Chilean manufacturing ancient traditions through a mix of natural and technological materials. The Mapuguaquén speakers are made from clay and have been formed on a potter’s wheel. Each speaker is characterised by a rough aspect and is made with the colours of the earth, combined with finishing touches of olive wood and cork. During the processing, they could be easily mistaken for common vases, but their nature emerges once the speakers are inserted.


The first line of Mapuguaquén will be completed by the end of the year, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. Meanwhile, the speakers have already been awarded prizes and recognitions, including the Green Award Product 2015 in Germany and a ‘Special Mention’ at Salone del Mobile of Milan. 

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