Thursday, November 24, 2011

Spanish Ceramics - Bailen Range

It must be said that we have been looking forward to getting this range of hand painted ceramics on the site for a while now. After seeing them in production during a visit to the manufacturer in Jaen it was obvious that this range was something special, smart and detailed with colours that just ooze Spain...

It took a month or two but finally we are pleased to announce the launch of this new range with 16 lines including a few combinations and ceramic gift ideas.
It is not really until you actually hold these pieces in your hands that you appreciate the weight and quality of the workmanship. Larger bowls such as salad bowls and fruit bowls are lovely weighty pieces and of course the bigger the ceramic the more detailed the painting becomes.

A secret blend of paints produce the striking colours of this Bailen range. Using deep reds and mottled greens these two main colours are also decorated with mustard yellows and plain white before being glazed for a second time which enhances the colours even more.

The Bailen range is also known as the 'Baecula' range. Both names apply to the same thing which is the town of Bailen in the Jaen region of southern Spain. Bailen as it is now known used to be called Baecula up until the 19th century where a battle took place and the town was re-named.

You can discover the new Bailen range here and discover a selection of unique hand painted bowls, oil pourers, dishes and also some herbs and spices storage solutions to add some real Spanish flair in the kitchen. Worldwide shipping.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Spanish Tapas Bowls

Spanish tapas ~ probably Spain's most famous cultural export and something of a growing phenomenon both within Europe and worldwide. Of course tapas in the Granada region of southern Spain are one of the few places where your 'tapas' remain free with a beer or glass of wine. Entering a Spanish tapas bar is like entering no other, not quite knowing what is coming up with your drink, it could be as simple as a bowl of salted almonds or serrano ham with bread or it could be something much more complex and hot such as gambas al pil pil (chili garlic prawns), clams in tomato salsa or pork stew... delicious!

Tapas are of course small bites of food, perhaps a couple of Spanish meatballs served with some fresh crusty bread or some sliced chorizo but no matter what the tapa is needs a serving dish, bowl or platter. Ceramics made in Granada are typical of what you may expect to see tapas served in whether it be in the tapas bar, restaurant or round at the Spanish neighbours. The typical Granada design is blue, white and green normally depicting the pomegranite fruit from which the city "Granada" gets its name.

Granada tapas bowls are very Spanish, usually simply painted (always by hand) like in the photos above but there are more complex hand painted designs which we will cover later on. For simple tapas and a typically Andalucian display then these ceramics deliver both the colours of Andalucia as well as functionality and a little piece of 'real Spain'

Discover the range >>>

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hand Painted Spanish Ceramics

'Olivo' range
Welcome to 'Pots of Spain'!! a blog designed to be your one stop shop for all things ceramic from Spain. Here you can be kept up to date on new ranges of Spanish ceramics, terracotta, garden ceramics and much more all of which are available through our main website Orce Serrano Hams.

Online since 2005 Orce Serrano Hams has grown from a gourmet online delicatessen sourcing some the finest artisan produce from Andalucia to expanding into hand painted Spanish ceramics and terracotta. Ceramics are available to customers and trade clients worldwide and are real touch of Spain as well a great quality products.

Each piece is hand painted so no two are the same ensuring something quite unique indeed, over the next few months and beyond we will be sharing some insider secrets into how these pieces are made as well as some rare photography from inside the factories and production areas right here in Spain. As well as that you will be able to read up on the top tips to care of your Spanish terracotta cookware, be the first to discover new ranges, patterns and designs and a whole lot more!

We welcome all enquiries, comments and suggestions so do not hesitate to get in touch

Gayle & Iain