Saturday, December 21, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

ARCOS Ham Supports

arcos ham stand boxed set
From time to time we recieve some really great deals from our manufacturers and suppliers and this year is no exception with a great deal for Christmas 2013.

The ARCOS ham stand boxed set represents great value for money and is a limited edition set which includes their best selling professional ham support as well as two knives plus a Free DVD!

Your set set also includes a 10 year guarantee on the knives and ham stand making this a great choice for the Spanish ham lover in your life - looking to upgrade your ham stand? View this ham stand now - the only stand guaranteed for 10 years and presented in a boxed set ready for Christmas (or indeed any occasion)

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Terracotta Pot

terracotta puchero pot
A terracotta pot known as 'el puchero a mano' is making a comeback with outdoor cooking enthusiasts, an odd looking pot at first given the positioning of its two handles but a highly functional piece of Spanish terracotta.

Similar to the Spanish clay 'olla' (a round terracotta cooking pot with lid) the puchero a mano goes back a little further into the history of cooking over the open fire. There is one reason and one reason alone why there are two handles on the side of this puchero and that is to remove the stew, soup, caldo or rice dish from the fire without having to 'lean' over the heat.

Simple works and has no doubt saved numerous pairs of eyebrows over the decades. As unusual Spanish terracotta pieces the puchero a mano makes both a functional item of cookware as well as something unusual for the kitchen  - a storage jar with a difference or a nice piece of heavy clay for the kitchen.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Terracotta Chorizo Pigs

terracotta chorizo pigs


Chorizo pigs may be new to some however they have been manufactured in Spain for a good few years now, chorizo pigs are chorizo burners or kind of a ceramic grill made from terracotta the same way as a cazuela or other terracotta cookware so are resistant to heat. The chorizo pig as the name suggests is in the shape of a pig and is a vessel with enough depth to throw in a splash of vodka which when lit warms through your chorizo and creates a unique way of serving hot tapas.

Your chorizo pig serves one Spanish chorizo sausage as a time and are designed for the chorizo to be served on a kebab stick which allows it to be turned and warmed through from all sides (or at least until the vodka goes out!)

A truly novel way of serving Spanish chorizo tapas and fantastic for restaurants, obviously you don’t want customers cooking their own food but when it comes to presentation with a flame then the chorizo pig is absolutely ideal.

Available online as part of your terracotta cookware range and also *wholesale with worldwide shipping (*minimum orders apply)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Spanish Wall Signs

spanish wall signs
Spanish wall signs can be seen all over southern Spain, they are used mainly to detail street names and also house names, painted in vibrant blues with the pomegranate fruit indicitive of Granada these ceramic wall signs are typically 'Andaluz' through both style and colour.

Now, you can have your own ceramic sign or plaque hand painted right here in Granada, various sizes are available as well as a special antique style Granada pattern. These signs make unique and original gifts or perhaps you simply need to add some Spanish flair to your home or business? 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Terracotta Pudding Tray

terracotta pudding tray
The manufacturer calls this particular piece a 'terracotta pudding tray' which we think is a great name for some Spanish terracotta cookware! Although this tray looks very simple it is actually extremely versatile and of course very hard wearing.

Each tray measures 22cm x 13cm and is 7cm deep making it ideal for pudding such as Spanish rice pudding and other desserts such as crumbles. Given the shape and depth of the terarcotta pudding tray also means you bake your own bread loaves and they are also great for pies... steak and kidney pie in one of these terracotta trays is a pure delight and your pie will remain piping hot for a long time after it comes out the oven. Terracotta pudding trays are part of a new range of Spanish terracotta cookware being introduced to Orce Serrano Hams & Ceramics so if you are looking for something a little different with functionality and traditional rustic appeal then why not pop by the deli and take a look at the broad range of terracotta available.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Spiral Spanish Pottery

This summer 2013 we welcome a new range of Spanish pottery to the Orce Serrano Hams & Ceramics website. Introduced in various 'spiral' designs and colours these unique pieces come from the north of the country and offer something a little bit different.

With clean lines a minimalist pattern these spiral Spanish ceramics are already proving popular and you have been telling us that it is the cream and blue colours which are the most attractive.

Recent arrival include a fantastic 'pitcher', a lovely heavyweight jug with a size to match and ceramic bowls of vaious sizes suitable for everything from tapas to serving rice or displaying fruit. Discover the full range of spiral ceramics online >

Friday, July 12, 2013

Olive Painted Ceramics

olive painted spanish ceramics
Olive painted Spanish ceramics from southern Spain...

Having a solid relationship with your suppliers is crucial for any business and when it comes to production the ability to visit suppliers, sit down with them and talk about designs, opportunities and other business issues is even more beneficial. Fortunately for us, even though a five hour round trip we are able to do the above which throws open the odd design, pattern or shape which may be missing from a suppliers website or catalogue.

One such 'find' is this little gem of a design which has been hidden away in a portfolio for a few years now so we decided it was time to bring it back to life. The brand new 'Olivo' range replaces the original Olive design, colours of yellow green and black remain pretty much the same but we think that the pattern itself is much less busy, cleaner and looks great on a range of Spanish ceramic bowls, olive servers and drinks servers.

Generally, simple works and we think as well as some fantastic feedback from traders in the UK and overseas that this new (or old!) olivo design fits into the world of simplicity, just like tapas, easy and non complicated the olivo range offers a vibrance of Spain with what is probably the most famous and simple tapa of them all - the olive.

The new range of 'Olivo' ceramics are available to the trade with worldwide shipping and can also be seen here on our ecommerce sister site Orce Serrano Hams & Ceramics.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Reclaimed Tiles from Spain

Reclaimed Spanish roof tiles by the pallet for a large project can be something hard to source - particularly if you are looking to have the tiles shipped overseas or outside of Spain, being based in Andalucia however does have its advantages.

Reclaimed roof tiles are still pretty hard to find though, even in what is probably one of the most rural parts of north east Granada. There are however a scattering of 'builders yards' in the region that regularly source these old roof tiles in various quantities for local home renovations which are in the main, cave homes and cortijo's in and around Orce village. Modern cave homes, although delightfully rustic inside do tend to have a more modern out-build on the front to house the kitchen and bathroom, these two rooms obviously needing to be plumbed in for water supply. In most cases the new build is rendered in a rustic way with textured cement or other finish and where the homeowner really wants to be authentic the roof is covered with reclaimed tiles hence local builders yards always keeping their eyes and ears open for supply.

Putting an old fashioned, hand made roof tile which has been weathered for decades next to a fresh new molded example you quickly realise that there is no comparison - the original item always wins! There is also no comparison in functional effect as years of hard baking in the sun coupled with hard winters and moderate rainfall high up in the Andalucian 'Sierras' has made these tiles tough and durable - so much so they are perfect for most roof applications, like terracotta which needs seasoning these hand made tiles have been seasoned for years making them perfect for the job as well as providing unique aesthetics.

Reclaimed Spanish roof tiles are now available for sourcing in palletised quantities so if you require traditional Andalucian roof tiles for your next project or out-build then why not get in touch with the estimated quantities you require?

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Orza Plant Pots

'Orza' roughly translated means 'pot', not just any old pot however but a specific style and shape - usually with handles, a good example of this would be the home cooked pork tenderloin 'lomo de orza' which was (and still is) cooked in a terracota pot of this specific design.

You may be wondering what Spanish pork dishes have to do with ceramic plant pots... well, its all about shape, the orza pot is a beautifully designed pot with handles at the top and a depth that makes it great for herbs such as basil or mint - hang a few of these around your outdoor kitchen and you will immediatly create some Andalucian influence on the patio with herbs at hand for adding fresh and crisp flavours to your cooking.

Of course Spanish ceramic garden pots add more than just functionality but also colour, if you have been inspired by Andalucian patios, terraces or the simplicity of adding colour in Spanish style then orza plant pots may well be for you. As well as making a great gift these pots are also frost proof so will stand the test of time providing a touch of Spain for any ocassion.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Retro Blue Spanish Ceramics

When it comes to new Spanish ceramic products we like something that simply 'oozes' Andalucian character which is why we are very excited to be announcing the new range of retro blue ceramics.

Indicative of the typical Granada blue and white the retro blue style is slightly softer on a pale cream background which really enhances the vibrant blue. Hand painted in a flowing pattern the retro blue design is available across the range from larger pieces to the smallest tapas bowls.

You can discover the ever growing range of this fabulous design on the new, recently re-launched Orce Serrano Hams website!

Further details can be found here

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Alhambra Ceramics

alhambra ceramics
Alhambra ceramics are a new range of Spanish ceramics now availble to the trade direct from Andalucia.

A beautiful design similar to the 'Granadina' pattern commonly found all over southern Spain. The Alhambra design however offers an influence from the Moors centuries ago and is arguably more intricate in design.

Also available in sage green and white the Alhambra design uses traditional colours and is available in dozens of designs from large bowls seen pictured here to small tapas servers, sangria jugs and more.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Andalucian Exports Wholesale

Andalucian Exports
2013 has been a busy year so far Orce Serrano Ham & Ceramics, one reason for this is that we have been spending time building a new website - Andalucian Exports.

As a sister site to Orce Serrano Hams, Andalucian Exports concentrates purely on wholesale and offers some attractive opportunities for retailers, delicatessens, garden center businesses and traders throughout the EU and worldwide. You will find a comprehensive range of typicaly Spanish deli products from cured serrano hams and locally produced chorizos and other Andalucian 'embutidos'.

Andalucian Exports takes a different approach to trade orders, particularly with ceramic products - for larger orders we offer the opportunity to purchase directly from the manufacturers themselves thus achieving manufacturers prices and also quicker turnaround times direct from Spain. For those who require mixed pallets or produce from across the range Andalucian Exports also offers the facility to combine and compress your Spanish order to dramatically reduce transport costs whilst maintaining the best prices in the industry.

Interested in finding out more? Take a look at the new website here.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Reclaimed Spanish Roof Tiles

Reclaimed Spanish Roof Tile Candle Holder
New to the 2013 range comes a selection of reclaimed Spanish roof tiles. Old Spanish roof tiles used to be hand made in the traditional way and are favoured across Andalucia particularly in Granada cave dwellings as lighting features, in fact most Spanish cave houses use tile lighting in some shape or form as cave walls tend to be uneven, the tile is sunk into the cave rock and then plastered over resulting in a rustic light shade.

There are of course other ways to use reclaimed Spanish roof tiles and as they can be easily wall mounted they can also become a rustic feature in the more modern home, restaurant and even patio area. The unique thing about these tiles is that no two are the same, each has been weathered for decades (in some cases for over a century) on old farmouse and cortijo roofs in the Andalucian countryside resulting in each tile boasting different shades of colour, texture and being made by hand, shape.

Having looked at the final touches of interior design for our own Spanish cave some years ago we opted for rustic tile lighting and also came up with a few other simple ideas to offer a few more features for our cave house wall. The first step was to speak to our local ironmonger and ask his thoughts on attaching metal fixtures to the terracotta tiles so we left a few tiles with him and a few days later he came back with some samples (pictured above is the first). These simple yet attractive design ideas became so popular with friends, family and neighbours we thought we would introduce them to your online Spanish store, after some time (and gathering a whole range of other 'tiles') there is now a whole range of pieces to choose from.

Many of the roof tile lights, sconces and holders are completely unique and are therefore sold on an individual basis so if you see something you fancy you better be quick! Full details on the reclaimed roof tile range as well as other tiles and ceramic house signage can be seen HERE.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Spanish Product Sourcing

sourcing spanish products

Spanish Product Sourcing

Sourcing Spanish products, if you are a business outside Spain can be a time consuming process. Orce Serrano Hams & Ceramics is both based in and operates from southern Spain and is ideally positioned to source hard to find or specialist products either from our extensive list of producers or direct from new suppliers depending on your requirements. Established in 2005 our business already revolves around Spanish ceramics, gourmet foods and homewares and with contacts across many industries we specialise in sourcing typically Spanish products by brand, region or style.

We can save your business both time and money, practices in Spain are somewhat different to that of other countries but is an area we are familiar with, accompanied by extensive product knowledge, fluency in the language and warehouse facilities we have the solution and ability to make your Spanish product sourcing a smooth process from enquiry to delivery.

Timescales

Timescales will vary depending on the product you need us to source but typically you will receive notification within 3 – 4 days. Some products such as specialist ceramics will require a 2 week production time as products of this nature tend to be made and painted to order. Food items can be organised more swiftly and in most cases (depending on quantity) can be dispatched within 7 working days.

Facilities

Orce Serrano Hams & Ceramics operates from a warehouse in Andalucia (Granada province) and is capable of organising multi pallet shipments which can be particularly beneficial should you require products from different sources. Pallets can be re-packed, mixed and organised into one single shipment where applicable thus saving you additional transport charges.

Products

We source from small to medium sized family run producers who, in the main do not have access to International distribution, this guarantees a thoroughly unique product.

Shipping

Once we have sourced your product and the order confirmed the items will then be sent to our warehouse where, in the case of fragile items it will be re-packed ready for international transport – Spanish ceramics or glassware for example do not tend to be packed sufficiently well enough direct from production for shipping outside Spain so part of our service is ensure that goods reach you in excellent, undamaged condition. Re-packing is a free service.

International orders can be dispatched via courier which is suitable for when goods are required in a hurry, typically, depending on your location pallet shipments via courier will take 5 – 7 days to European countries (including the UK & Ireland) and 12 – 15 days for overseas destinations such as Australia or the USA. For when orders are non – urgent we offer an LCL service (less container load) which is the most economical method for overseas shipping. LCL shipments will reach destination in 6 – 8 weeks where additional time for customs inspection may be necessary.

Specialising in PR

Are you a PR company? Has your client requested a Spanish product? We can help you achieve something unique and typically Spanish. Personalised items can also be organised for larger orders where applicable and we will strive to meet your clients needs to the last detail. Our specialist knowledge and contacts will ensure that whatever criteria you need to achieve we can help you with a solution.

Need Something Different?

No problem! No matter what your requirements put us to the test… We can organise everything from Spanish terracotta money pigs and hand mixed clay for sculptors and artists to chorizo burners, gourmet ham pieces and even made to measure Andalucian curtains. Contact us now and see what we can do for you.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Spanish Olive Ceramics

Spanish olive ceramics

Visiting the manufacturers of hand painted Spanish pottery in Jaen always turns out to be a productive day, the three hour drive across Andalucia from Orce to the small town of Bailen in the Jaen region is certainly well worth it, a warm welcome is always received from family business owner Juan who is more than accommodating even on the busiest days. The main feature inside one of the three ajoining warehouses is the sixty foot oven where you can witness all manner of pots, jugs, plates and other ceramics enter one end and slowly make their through the one thousand degree heat where at the end they emerge and carefully slide onto rollers ready for cooling and later, a thorough quality inspection.

An oven of this size is of course an impressive piece of machinery, something that blends a modern aspect to a ceramics business with the most impressive part of the whole process - hand painting. A dozen or so skilled painters sit with a selection of colours, brushes and other painting tools in front of them carefully painting their designs on each piece. The speed at which this is done is mindboggling, a skill which is perfected and most certainly a natural talent, nurtured until it becomes almost second nature.

The range of patterns, colours and designs from Juan’s business is also impressive, indeed its hard to keep up with new designs as there are so many. “Which of these two designs do you prefer” he sometimes asks, Juan is a very savvy businessman so takes his opportunity, when one presents itself to aquire an English opinion. One designs that did catch our attention was a new ‘olivo’ style, the ‘olive gold’ range is a lovely mix of deep Spanish yellow and red indicative of the Spanish flag with green rim and olive branch design also detailing a red floral design. The olivo gold is a warming design yet still offering all the vibrance and personality that Spain has tom offer. Ceramic pieces are available in a tableware selection from small hand painted tapas servers to large fruit bowls, olive oil pourers, plates and platters.

olive tapas bowls
Given the speed at which these ceramics are painted it is hard to believe that they incorporate such fine detail but they do, a swirl of white to contrast the two main bold colours, olive leaves perfectly shaped and with each piece being completely unique you are guaranteed to enjoy a piece of real Spain. There is a certain character to hand painted Spanish ceramics such as these, unlike mass produced decorated pottery these pieces tend to shout out at you offering that hand painted touch, place two side by side an although the same design each will be different, they may emerge from a production line with a modern influence but the stages during that production could not be more different compared to mass produced pottery, care is even taken to stamp the base of each piece with ‘Hand made in Spain’.

The Olivo Gold range is available both retail and wholesale, customers can enjoy a large selection of hand painted pieces as well as some unique sets designed for the Spanish table and tapas party, the Olivo Gold range also makes a great gift. For wholesale customers the Olivo Gold range is one of many patterns available and we welcome you to request a wholesale pricelist detailing all of the colours and designs available.