The Portuguese National Tourism Office sent over some great information about one of the country’s artistic treasures: pottery.
While Portugal is certainly well-known for its high quality crafts (ranging from leather, copper, silver and gold to tapestries, woodcarving and amazing glassware), pottery is the real core of the nation’s creative production.
The Tourism Office writes:
People in Portugal have worked clay since prehistory – it is part of the very ground the nation is built on. Travel the country and one finds glazed tiles everywhere, on churches, houses, palace façades and in gardens. You see traditional red and black clay and every region has both. Many areas offer amazing museum reproductions such as Viana do Castelo and Coimbra and, there are whimsical and fun clay traditions such as the figures from Estremoz, the greenware from Caldas, or the Rooster of Barcelos.
Caldas da Rainha, just north of Lisbon, is the center of Portuguese pottery due to the abundance of clay deposits. Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro opened a factory in 1884 that makes the town, Fabrica de Faianca, famous. The factory still puts out a variety of cabbage and greenware, figurines, and fanciful pottery. For more information on Caldas da Rainha, click here.
Photo credit: Faianças Artísticas Bordalo Pinheiro, Lda., Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
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