Ceramic from Granada Spain is referred to as Ceramica de Fajalauza. It gets its name from one of the six doors on the large wall surrounding the crafts quarters , the “albayzín”, of the city.
What is so truly impressive about the Fajalauza ceramic is that it has its origin in 16th century Granada during the Mozarabe period and is still in existence today, though it is in danger of going extinct as artisans and potters are leaving the profession for other interests.
This unique ceramic that has survived over five centuries has its roots in the Nazrid Dynasty, the last Muslim dynasty to reign over the southern Iberian Peninsula. Born from a mix of traditions both Christian and Arabic, immediately recognizable for its images of flowers, birds, and plants, and most notably the pomegranate which is the symbol of the city.
These designs were almost always painted in grey blue, bold green and cobalt blue glazes that have become the trademark of Fajalauza ceramics. Over time, the colors of Fajalauza ceramics have evolved incorporating a variety of colored glazes, but the trademark patterns have remained.
Granada potters hand crafted practical items such as plates, bowls and water jugs and stunning tiles that later included a variety of colored glazes such as yellow and copper tones.
Ceramica Arrayanes is one of our favourite present-day Granada ceramists. Their pottery pays respect to Granada tradition while adding their own contemporary touch to the art.