SPANISH FOLK POTTERY – Pereruela, Jimenez de Jamuz and Llamas de Mouro

Following on from the last post taking about new pots from Jiménez de Jamuz and Pereruela in the market in Benia de Onis – these are two examples of similar older pots.

A well used handbuilt, lead-glazed backing dish of the kind made at Pereruela. The glaze has greenish reduced areas in it that indicate wood-firing. The new ones are fired in electric or gas kilns. This one was bought from a bric-a-brac stall in the same market.

 This jar  – orza – is more or less identical to the ones made by Miguel San Juan Peñin. It was bought in an antique shop/junk shop in the next town. It could well come from Jiménez de Jamuz. The seller said that the green patina was from its use for storing animal fat.

In Artigas’s book 1970 Spanish Folk Pottery one of the potteries he says is least likely to survive for much longer is the one at Llamas de Mouro in Asturias. He describes Jesus Rodriguez Garrido running the last of the potteries making unglazed burnished blackwares. The reduction process involves filling the kiln with ‘tapines’ – sods. The result is pretty much identical to Roman-British blackwares of the kind made in the New Forest in England (not the shapes obviously). Artigas says there was only a cart track to the pottery and electricity has only recently been installed – the pottery did not sell well and was not promoted. In the photo of a part-unloaded open-topped updraught kiln on page 54 shiny pots lie in a bed of fine charcoal. Amongst them are a couple of beautiful cantaros that remind me of Betty Woodman’s older work. The pottery is clearly selling its pots more widely and very much in business. We bought this new cantaro in a wine-shop in Cangas de Onis – like you do!

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