SPANISH CERAMIC FROM GRANADA
From the functional to the artistic. from the useful to the beautiful.
These ceramics were made in the 16th century in the Albaicín, a neighborhood of Granada. They are created through an urban production technique that is deeply rooted in tradition, and has a preeminent place among popular arts of Granada.
Fajalauza ceramics are painted primarily in blue or green with a white background. They are decorated with a myriad of ornamental motifs however, the most commonly found are birds, flowers and fruits.
From the 19th century on, Fajalauza’s production was modernized with industrial techniques. This can be seen first, in the materials. Although the typologies have also changed. With many of the traditional shapes gradually disappearing to give way to modern ones, such as small bowls, placemats, breakfast cups or planters, just like the piece under our study.
ANTIQUE PLANTERS FROM GRANADA
These three planters are extremely unique and rare in its typology. Although the shape is similar to the olive oil jugs or the canned barrel.
The use of these antique ceramic planters is less utilitarian and definitely more decorative, using the same copper green enamel used in the famous lebrillos .
These antique planters from Granada evoke the famous and picturesque Andalusian patios. They are central open spaces in the courtyard houses of the Al-Andalus. They are dominated by aromatic flowers, fountains, wells, ponds and marble columns, with the intention of represent the Garden of the Paradise, as imagined by the Classical and Muslim architects.
One of the most trustworthy testaments to the material and spiritual evolution of humankind. Colors and shapes speak of conquests and cultures that leave their mark on popular pottery.
To know more about this ceramic, the history but also the modern approach, please visit the following pages:
– Made in Granada.
– Modern Ceramics by Marta Gualda
– Fajalauza, cinco siglos de la cerámica más granadina. El independiente de Granada