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Spanish Ceramics

Casa Junius sells its high-quality ceramics from Granada and Almeria, the heart of the pottery industry. These small family businesses are very Spanish oriented, have no sales and marketing department and only speak Spanish. They are gathered in a neighborhood or small town. These craftsmen have kept a great sense of colorful designs and high quality!

Our long-term collaboration with several producers is also reflected in some of Ellen's (Casa Junius) own designs and color scheme. Though, if it does not meet their artistic standards, they won't produce.

All products are hand painted and therefore not one is the same. Only a few pieces of a product are produced, so you always buy a unique product. Reordering is often difficult.

One of the producer's stockroom
One of the producer's stockroom
Overview shop in Almeria
One of the producer's stockroom
One of the producer's stockroom

Casa Junius and Ceramics 

Granada and Almeria: 2 centers of high class Ceramics

Granada has a long history of ceramic production dating back to the Moorish period, when the city was the last stronghold of Islamic rule in Spain. Even today you can visit the Moorish castles. During this time, intricate ceramic tiles and pottery were created, often featuring geometric patterns and vibrant colors. This Moorish influence is still visible in the ceramics produced in Granada today. Particular the Albayzín neighborhood, on the top of the hills not far from the castle, is known for its rich history and Moorish influence, its still existing cave houses and its ceramics reflect this old cultural heritage.

Almería, located in the southeastern region of Spain at the Mediterranean Sea , also has a rich tradition of ceramics dating back centuries. This city has a beautiful Moorish castle with gardens as well. The province of Almeria is known for its vibrant pottery industry, with artisans creating a wide range of ceramic products ranging from traditional tableware to decorative items.

The traditional designs

The pottery in Granada often features geometric shapes like the pomegranate (coat of arms of Granada), floral motifs, and calligraphic inscriptions inspired by Islamic art. The dominant colors are blue, green, and white, although other hues are also employed today. Sometimes new modern designs and colors are tried. The pottery in Almeria is more focussing both on functional and decorative purposes besides on color and brush-shapes. It looks more hip and vibrant.

The production

The production involves skilled craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. Artisans use traditional techniques, including hand-painting and glazing, to create these beautiful ceramics. The clay is shaped on a potter's wheel or molded by hand, and then the designs are meticulously painted onto the surface using special brushes.

Once the painting is complete, the ceramics are fired in a kiln at high temperatures to strengthen the clay and create a durable finish. The firing process also brings out the vibrant colors and gives the ceramics their characteristic glossy appearance.

Type of products

Casa Junius sells various types of pottery, such as plates, bowls, vases and decorative objects.

The outstanding quality

Casa Junius only focuses on quality and artistic value. This serves as a testament to the rich cultural heritage and the influence of the Moorish civilization that once thrived in the region for hundreds of years. These ceramics are often used as decorative pieces, as well as functional items for serving food on a very colorful dish or as home decor.

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