What was I thinking? Open a Ceramics Store in Seattle? What was I smoking?!

What was I thinking?  Open a Ceramics Store in Seattle?  What was I smoking?!
Six years ago in 2012, I was frantically preparing to open a “Holiday Store” in the largest mall in the Northwest US – in Tukwila, Washington (a suburb of Seattle, sort of near the airport).  I had run some numbers and was convinced that the margins allowed for factory direct purchase, importation into the US, … Continue reading What was I thinking? Open a Ceramics Store in Seattle? What was I smoking?!

“Spanish Ceramics” made in China

“Spanish Ceramics” made in China
This is a real problem.  There is a large population of artisans in Spain that produce beautiful, top quality ceramics.  There are no regulations in the Spain that require a product to carry a label on where it is made.  For example, in the U.S., you can pick up a piece of tableware, turn it … Continue reading “Spanish Ceramics” made in China

Classic Recipe for Tortilla Espanola

Classic Recipe for Tortilla Espanola
There are several tapas that are the bread and butter of Spain.  The Spanish Tortilla is one of them.  Really, who can argue with potatoes, eggs and onions?  The Tortilla Espanola is a fabulous appetizer.  Rebecca Brand was kind enough to feature our Tierra Collection of terracotta pottery in a recent recipe video she made.  Please … Continue reading Classic Recipe for Tortilla Espanola

How to Survive in the Jungle of Spanish Wines

How to Survive in the Jungle of Spanish Wines
Baby Bacchus is alive and well in Spain. While you won’t find many Spaniards worshiping the Roman God of Wine, you will definitely find wine at most meals.  Wine is an important element of the Spanish gastronomical experience.  But, there are so many wines in Spain it can be a challenge to find a nice… Continue reading How to Survive in the Jungle of Spanish Wines

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

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

Tell tale signs of artisan produced, hand painted Spanish pottery

Tell tale signs of artisan produced, hand painted Spanish pottery
If one looks close at ceramic pieces, you can spot tell tale signs left by artisan’s hands. The hand crafting process leaves small differences, and the hand painting and glazing process leaves signs and small imperfections. First, it is important to know that Spanish artisans use certain tools and implements when they are producing pottery.… Continue reading Tell tale signs of artisan produced, hand painted Spanish pottery