Valencian Ceramics: All There Is To Know
Valencian ceramics, or Ceramics of Manises, is part of the beautiful legacy left behind by the Moorish culture. Valencia’s town of Manises is the regional ceramics production hub. Learn everything there is to know about Valencian ceramics in this post.
What are the origins of Valencian ceramics?
The origins of Valencian ceramics are in the pottery craft that has always been so typical of the Arab world. In the first quarter of the 1300’s (when the region was already back under Christian rule, but the Moorish culture was still very much present) is when the little town of Manises was put on the map as a major ceramics manufacturer.
A beautiful church in Manises adorned with Valencian Ceramics.
In Manises they applied a 3rd layer of a metal blend to make the glazing have a metallic glow. Valencian ceramics became very popular in Europe, until the end of the 1500’s.
In the 18th century the deep blue hue became a signature color of Manises ceramics.
The tourism office in Manises clad with typical Manises blue tiling.
You can find Valencian ceramics in many museums all over the world: the British Museum, LACMA, Victoria and Albert Museum etc.
Where can I see Valencian Ceramics in Valencia?
You can see such traditional signage all over the Valencian region.
The town of Manises is just a short metro ride away. The emblematic buildings are marked on this map, but the most important one to visit is the fine Ceramics museum.
No doubt, if you like painted ceramics make sure to plan a half day trip to Manises during your stay in Valencia.
Former railway station in Manises.
If you enjoy discovering new cultures, why not join my day time food tour? This delicious tour starts at the Central Market (more ceramic tiles!) and includes multiple tasting of the most emblematic Valencian foods. Book your tour online!