Thursday, 31 March 2016

Pottery from Ubeda, Spain

Pottery from Úbeda is rightly renowned throughout Andalusia and the rest of Spain.

Pottery from Ubeda, Spain

This craft has a long history in the town, drawing on many differing strands and influences – the Romans and the Renaissance, but most of all the Arabs. You only have to walk into a potter’s studio in Úbeda to feel the blend of Hispanic and Arab cultures that is concentrated there.

Instead of browsing standard gift shops, my recommendation is a visit to one of the potters themselves, with a chance to view their workshop, kiln and exhibition. Some are now located in the pats of town that are most frequented by tourists (i.e. around the Town Hall and Parador), but most remain in their traditional area along Calle Valencia in the lower reaches of Úbeda. This location was originally due to the abundance of water that was available there (a key component in the production process) and the fact that the smells, etc, from their kilns were thus kept away from the town centre.

Pottery from Ubeda, Spain

These days many potters combine traditional designs and techniques with dashes of modernity, and there’s nothing like holding and using such a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. If you’re looking for a gift that’s typical of the area and you won’t regret buying once you get it home (!), look no further.

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