Workshop

The workshop includes the traditional meaning of the term “ alfar ” in terms of family production unit (home and studio) and place in which the craft is taught (school).
The production made can be framed into three basic families of objects:

UTILITIES: Tea ware, coffee, bowls, jars …,
DECORATIVES: Vases, vases, pictures …
CUSTOM PIECE: Sculpture of various formats and finishes. Murals for architectural applications.

We also work on request, customizing objects in relation to the requirements and needs of people or entities interested in such products.
The techniques used are the Raku (1060 ° C) and Stoneware (1260 ° C), using for manufacturing plates, bunched and traditional potter’s wheel.
Both clays and enamels are prepared in the workshop from minerals (kaolin, feldspar …) with the addition of some local elements (clay, sand …) and recycling of other (ash, glass … ).

The Workshop

Raku (1060 ° C)
Objects made with this technique combine soft enamel, generally applied in the interiors, metallic shine, with reduced black clay.
The pieces are removed from the oven when they reach 1060 ° C temperature and covered with dry vegetable material (sawdust, leaves, grass …) so that the chemical reduction process (lack of oxygen) happens. After a variable period of time the pieces are placed in a container with water. These abrupt changes are what make each piece unique, given the variety of possible nuances.


Stoneware (1260 ° C)
All pieces made in the workshop are waterproof because our clays are made so at that temperature they reach their point of maturity along with the enamel. This fact enables their safe home use and can be used for eating, cooking in the oven or to store liquids.
All parts, because they are manufactured without casting, are susceptible to variations in both dimension and in its shape or color.

Workshop Techniques