Tools & templates. Inspiring to look round the local craft workshops in Alpujarra in the Spanish mountains over the break. Refreshing to see real makers not making tourist tat but beautiful functional products using traditional techniques.
The art of Maiolica pottery was brought to Sicily by the Arabics who taught Sicilian how to create these wonderful objects, now real pieces of art.
In the thirteenth-century, the Spaniards of Aragon were the first who referred to colored Sicilian ceramic objects as “maiolica”, because the firing and glazing techniques used to create these pieces were similar to those used in the Balearic Islands of Majorca.
There are many different types of items that can be crafted, distinguished by their color patterns, the shape and the motifs painted on the pottery. But, without any doubt, the most popular and fascinating ceramic objects are the Moorish Heads or Teste di Moro.
Walking through the many narrow streets of Taormina, you may end up in Via degli artisti, an incredibly beautiful street embellished by Sicilian Majolica ceramics designed by a local artist. At the top of his house you will find these beautiful ceramic heads pots where blooming plants grow inside.