Botijos, Huchas, Jarras, Jarros and Beautiful Ani

Botijos, Huchas, Jarras, Jarros and Beautiful Ani
Botijos, pronounced …bo- TEE-hoes …. are Spanish, earthenware water jugs. For centuries, the Spanish botijos provided cool drinking water even during the hottest days (still do in fact). The shape of the botijo along with the porous clay used to make it, allow the jug to “sweat” and through evaporation, the water inside is cooled.… Continue reading Botijos, Huchas, Jarras, Jarros and Beautiful Ani

The Horses of Sevilla …….(and don’t forget the mules!)

The Horses of Sevilla …….(and don’t forget the mules!)
Springtime in Sevilla is my favorite time of year. The air is filled with the fragrance of orange blossoms and a cool, moist, stone smell that means the spring sun is baking dry the cobblestone streets and old stone buildings. It is always an exciting time of year because the city fills with people for… Continue reading The Horses of Sevilla …….(and don’t forget the mules!)

Exploring Italian Ceramics on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Exploring Italian Ceramics on the Amalfi Coast of Italy
The three of us were sitting on two 125cc scooters on the Island of Capri, off the southern coast of Italy.  The day was a nice, early spring day; a little cool, a slight breeze, and a little overcast with a low cloud overhang.   My wife Pia, my son Vincent and I were set on… Continue reading Exploring Italian Ceramics on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

The technique used for hand painting Spanish tiles

The technique used for hand painting Spanish tiles
Ever wondered how Spanish artisans hand paint tile? I did. When I first arrived to Spain in 2009, I was in awe each time I entered a restaurant and saw the walls and murals. Spanish tile has an artisan look and feel to it, very different from the States, where most all the tile is… Continue reading The technique used for hand painting Spanish tiles

A cost experience shipping a pallet via air (Spain to US)

A cost experience shipping a pallet via air (Spain to US)
There are many interesting and unique products in Spain but most do not see the light of day in the United States. There are several reasons for this but one of the most important is the cost of shipping. For a product to enter into the US market, it has to leave Spain by boat… Continue reading A cost experience shipping a pallet via air (Spain to US)

How pottery is made in Spain – hand thrown, mold pressed and mold poured

How pottery is made in Spain – hand thrown, mold pressed and mold poured
I have visited many pottery factories and workshops in the Andalusia and Castilla-La Mancha regions of Spain and I have enjoyed learning more about the long tradition of producing ceramics.  Many of the factories specialize in certain techniques, products and designs.  One of the interesting details in the production is how the piece is made,…… Continue reading How pottery is made in Spain – hand thrown, mold pressed and mold poured

Talavera de la Reina

Talavera de la Reina
There are several important areas in Spain that produce hand painted ceramics. Each area has specific styles, designs and methods. Talavera de la Reina refers to one such area, and the type of ceramics that are produced. The following slides show some of the traditional designs and pieces. Please let me know what you think… Continue reading Talavera de la Reina

Plaza de España in Sevilla

Plaza de España in Sevilla
Hey, I am a big fan of hand painted Spanish tile.  I appreciate the skill and creativity of Spanish tile artists and I enjoy watching them paint.  When I walk through places like the Plaza de España in Sevilla, it makes me humble.  The amount of work that is behind the scenes on this type… Continue reading Plaza de España in Sevilla

Types of ceramics in Morocco (and Portugal)

Types of ceramics in Morocco (and Portugal)
To simplify things a bit, the low cost (low quality) red clay pottery is mostly made in the town of Safi. The higher quality (higher cost) white clay products are made in Fez. In this photo, the red clay products are in the foreground and the white clay in the rear. The Fez pottery carries… Continue reading Types of ceramics in Morocco