Typical Spanish pottery
In our Spanish pottery, especially that of Andalucía and Valencia, you can see the presence of the Arab styles of North Africa (the Moors occupied Spain for some 600 years and greatly influenced its culture – especially in the southernmost states or comunidades). The decorated plates in particular from the Alpujarras in Granada province, from Nijar in Almería, and from Málaga and Sevilla, are full of vibrant colour and character. We stock a variety of pottery from Almería which features Almería’s lucky symbol – the Indalo.
See some ceramic pottery gifts in our shop:
We also stock some finer porcelain from further north in Valencia, which is more refined in style.
Please also see our lovely ceramic art from Catalonia – hand-painted animal figurines.
Many of the designs and patterns on traditional Spanish pottery ceramics have existed for centuries – and many of the alfarerías (pottery workshops) date back generations – with skills handed down father to son. Much of the Hispano-Moresque ceramic pottery from Al Andalus (the old Muslim Spain of Andalucía), is still made in this traditional way and one can sometimes visit the workshops in the small village pueblos and observe the artisan potters at work and see the ladies meticulously painting the red clay earthenware plates, etc, before glazing. Consequently, it is very rare to find two identical pieces. Yes, they work to a generalised pattern, but clearly they have an artistic licence to express themselves individually with each ceramic piece.
The Mediterranean lifestyle in this, the hottest part of Spain, is evident in these Spanish ceramics and can remind us of holidays in the sun, sandy beaches that seem to stretch for miles, and afternoons with a cool San Miguel, savouring the view whilst enjoying tapas of Jamón ibérico, manchego cheese and maybe some chorizo, almonds and olives.
Any one of our plates, bowls, etc, would make a delightful present for a friend or loved-one – maybe someone with an interest in, or a liking for, Spain and its rich and vibrant culture. See ceramic pottery gifts in our shop:
Our Spanish pottery / ceramics reflect the Mediterranean lifestyle and culture of Spain – especially Andalucía