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Going to the Source for Spanish Ceramics

  • November 26, 2021

Last spring, the surprise star of Casa Décor, Madrid’s massive interiors and design show house, was not a trend emerging from Copenhagen or Paris, but rather a roomful of artisanal Spanish crafts. They didn’t have to travel far, having been created in Castilla-La Mancha, the vast and sparsely populated region south of the Spanish capital where the fictional Don Quixote titled at windmills and manchego cheese is made.

Among the most talked-about features of the gallerylike room was a large mural of the sort one might find behind the altar of a cathedral depicting the apostles or the Stations of the Cross. But instead of saints, this one featured an archly humorous 21st-century portrayal of Quixote and his slovenly sidekick, Sancho Panza, that was almost graffitilike.

The tone may have been irreverent, but it was composed of hundreds of delicately painted blue and white tiles. Designed by the artist Roberto Ramírez, the tile mural was created by Cerámica Artística San Ginés, a ceramics studio in Talavera de la Reina.

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