The popular pottery in glazed and decorated clay, made in the Albaicín of Granada, with a pottery tradition that dates back at least to the year 1517, when the Morales family is already represented in the guild of potters, is called Fajalauza Pottery.
It remained unchanged in a style and hallmarks characterized by the stanniferous glaze and the decoration in cobalt blue-gray, copper green and manganese black-purple, with decorations with plant motifs –with the leading role of the pomegranate–, birds, lacerías and heraldic decorations.
Among all the old factories, those of the Morales Moreno family are the only ones that still preserve production today, maintaining the centuries-old tradition despite the onslaught of the industrial revolution.
Among many other awards, the factory was awarded a silver medal at the 1910 Brussels World’s Fair, and the first prize in the I exhibition of the ornamental dish held in Cáceres, and its production has reached five continents.
Our products are made following the traditional Arabic technique of which we are its most faithful followers and proof of this is, among other achievements, the restoration of the Arrayanes patio tile in the Alhambra, the plinth of the Ayto’s main patio. Granada, and the complete tilework of the estate of the Belgian kings in Motril.
Its current owner, Cecilio Morales Moreno, for 34 years taught artistic ceramics at the school of applied arts and crafts in Granada, continues to be active at 97 years of age.
Our current production covers two sections. Artistic tiles and glazed china and crockery decorated in Granada style, adapting the taste and needs of the client with the utmost respect for tradition.
The Cecilio Morales factory still conserves among its facilities the only Arabic oven that remains in the municipality of Granada, and one of the few in Andalusia, the almela (reverberatory oven) the piles for preparing the mud, extracted from our own quarries, the mills and presses, etc. all constituting the base of the recently created “Fajalauza” Foundation, which will protect, enhance and ensure the survival of this ceramic for generations to come.
The bibliography on our ceramics is very abundant, as a sample you can consult:
· Cerámica de Fajalauza. José Luis Garzón Cardenete. Edit.: Albaida, Granada, 2004.
· La cerámica de Granada. Carlos Cano Piedra, José Luis Garzón Cardenete. Edit.: Diputación Provincial de Granada, Granada, 2004.
· Cerámicas de Manuel Ángeles Ortiz. Emilio J. Escoriza Escoriza et al., Edit.: Caja Granada, Exposición realizada en el Museo Casa de los Tiros, Granada, 2006.
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