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Marcia Selsor

Traditional Pottery From Agost, Spain Youtube

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This is a video of production techniques from Agost/Alicante, Spain.

I spents several summers there and an entire year on a Fulbright. I published a book on the different forms they made there. There were 21 potteries there when I first visited. Now there are about 4 or 5.

Centro Agost was started by Ilse Schutz who purchased La Nava's 1820 factory and set it up as a studio study center.

Here is La Navas video 17+ minutes

 

 

They produce botijos..water jugs. They say adding salt to the clay makes the clay white and the water taste better.I have a photo of this potter from 1985.This the the modern las Navas with a four story wood fired kiln with a freight elevator to get the pots to the upper levels.

 

 

Marcia

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Also no shelves in the kilns. Stacked sometimes 12 feet tall in the 4 different chambers. Most of the wood kiln were three chambers. La Nava went to 4 when it moved from the 1820 facility to a more modern one on the outskirts of town in the 1980s.

I have watched gypsy load the bottom chamber carrying 10 botijos at a time across the fire pit on a plank.

An amazing tradition in this town.

 

Marcia

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