Pottery in Andalucia | Cycling Andalucia

Pottery in Andalucia | Cycling Andalucia

There is a tradition of pottery in Andalucia which is centuries old.

Pottery has a centuries old tradition in this part of Spain, and we had the chance to meet an award winning artisan pottery maker.

Right next to our hotel in Ubeda was the studio and storefront of Tito. Tito is part of a long lineage of potters. His skill and dedication to the art-form were evident throughout his store.

Tito explaining and demonstrating his art-form to us.

Tito explaining and demonstrating his art-form to us.

Our group was shown the entire process that he went through when making a piece. The reality is that the trade has changed very little in the last few hundred years.

Originally the potter made almost everything that would be needed in one’s life. This included the roofing, flooring, decoration, and many of the tools used in daily life.

Now, the main purpose of the pottery is that of decoration, but Tito still strives to make a mix of traditional pieces, and modern pieces that would be useful in the 21st century life.

I'm trying out a jug that was used for collecting safe water from puddles.

I’m trying out a jug that was used for collecting safe water from puddles.

For example, he sells ceramic cell phone holders with a hole to allow for the power cord.

This cell phone holder could be found next to a large jug that was used for giving birth. Not exactly a mainstay in modern life.

Tito’s pottery studio wouldn’t be out of place 200 years ago (other than the pottery wheel and oven are now electric,) yet it flows seamlessly into the 21st century.

I'm not sure of the 18th century, nor the 21st century use for this.

I’m not sure of the 18th century, nor the 21st century use for this.

A time honoured tradition that has flowed into today’s taste and demands. This is flexibility and artistry at it’s finest.

Each day, seeing these pieces of Andalucian tradition have been a treat. The cycling has been only a part of this fantastic trip through Andalucia.

I’ve loved the riding through Andalucia, but the added cultural aspects with ExperiencePlus! have made this trip truly standout.

Some of Tito's handiwork on display.

Some of Tito’s handiwork on display.

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