Carthusian Ceramics

Carthusian Ceramics in Spain

Country of the crafting: Spain
Region of the crafting: Andalucia
Town of the crafting: Sevilla/Cordoba
Type of the crafting: Glass, ceramic and pottery

1. Geographic area
This kind of work is usual in Spain, to be more expecific Sevilla or C√≥rdoba. Andalusian porcelain was worked in the19th Century in the Monastery of La Cartuja , and it’s currently manufactured in the municipality of Salteras. For each peace that’s necessary the help of twelve special workers.

2. Used materials
-Clay: finely granulated natural rock or soil material that combines one or more clay minerals with possible traces of quartz, metal oxides and organic matter.
-Kaolinite: it is a clay mineral, part of the group of industrial minerals with the chemical composition.
-Silicon carbonate, sand and felds parare other less used materials but also important during the process.

3. The technique
The workers must prepare a solid mixture and spread it over the mold and let it dry. A liquid mixture is necessary too, so , it’s prepared and injected into plaster molds for the first firing (12 hours at 1120 degrees). After this part, the pieces that they get are bathedin a special liquid before starting being decorated. The decoration is the faster part of the process because the paint is fixed in a second (baked between 700 and 850 degrees). Then it is immersed in white enamel.

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