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Clay country

Clay country

White clay, red earth, the potter’s wheel, the hands of the craftsman and fire are the ingredients for the transformation of clay into beautiful pots, greixoneres, gerres and siurells.

The municipality of Marratxí is known as terra del fang, or clay country. Pòrtol and Sa Cabaneta are two of the villages that continue this tradition of pottery that originated in Pòrtol in the 17th century. The quality of the red earth of Ses Coves de Can Guindet was probably what led the potters, or ollers, to move to this part of Mallorca.

Every year, in the month of March, La Verònica de Sant Marçal is the venue for the pottery fair, “La Fira del Fang”, designed to showcase the work of ceramicists. The perfect time to find decorative objects, kitchen utensils or exclusively artisanal toys. Beside the fair stands the pottery museum, the Museu del Fang. A cultural space that seeks to conserve the production of the most important master potters, and those who are no longer with us. It exhibits 900 pieces of ceramics, 400 of which are completely artisanal and the rest artistic. It also shows the public some of the utensils and tools that were formerly used in the local olleries.

In 2006 the “Potters’ Association of Pòrtol” was established so that the remaining artisans can join forces and conserve their trade.

Author: Georgina de Diego

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