Ceramica Valenciana is a family run ceramic factory in Manises in Valencia, Spain, that was founded by the prestigious D. José Gimeno Martínez around 1925 in a 15th century potters workshop. His grandchildren, Vicente y María José Gimeno Peris have continued the tradition of producing ceramics traditional of Manises, Valencia.
Manises is a city in Valencia that has been producing some of the finest Spanish ceramics for over 700 years. Ceramica Valenciana de José Gimeno continues to handcraft ceramics using the same traditional techniques, from spinning the clay, hand molding it and letting it air dry before firing for almost 9 hours at 1080 degrees Celsius in a natural gas oven. Once the clay is completely cooled, it is ready for glazing by submersing it in a majolica opaque glaze. Now the ceramic is ready to be decorated by hand painting with fine paint brushes. The painted clay is now fired for the second time in at 980 to 1000 degree Celsius so that the underglaze and decoration can come together giving the ceramic a colorful yet almost crystal looking finish that is characteristic of this factories artistry.
Visiting the Ceramica Valenciana José Gimeno Martinez workshop is a special privilege. The factory is located downstairs from 7 exhibition rooms that house ceramic reproductions of Valencian and Manises ceramics from the Gothic to Baroque periods. Vicente and Maria José Gimeno not only create Manises ceramic masterpieces but help to carry on the artist tradition of hand making Valencian ceramic the same way it has been done for centuries. Their designs and workmanship are magnificent in every detail and their pieces are truly collector’s items.