In this workshop I go to the city of the Azulejos, Port, and Pastel de Nata.
I visit the northern city of Portugal: Porto. How nice is it to experience a holiday destination in an authentic way by means of a workshop.
In this workshop you learn how to make a tile of ceramics in a traditional way. This form of art can be found everywhere in the streets of Porto.
Just look at the beautiful azulejos that cover the churches and houses.
At home on the internet I found this course and it was mentioned that this course is accessible to everyone even if you have no experience in ceramics.
The day of the course has arrived and I decided to make it a relaxing day because it only starts at 2:00 PM. Because of the nice weather, I go walking towards the location under the guidance of google maps.
While walking, I arrive in a less touristy neighborhood and have been able to take beautiful pictures of painted Portuguese tiles.
After about 35 minutes I arrive in the street where the course is given.
Another student is waiting in front of the door. After a loud knock on the door, the door is opened. As there is no bell. Fortunately, someone comes to the door and we are taken to the teacher of today: Teresa.
I receive a warm welcome and can then put on a short and take a seat.
The workspace is a beautiful light space with a number of workbenches, plants and ceramic objects made by students and probably Teresa herself.
After I have taken place I get the assignment to browse through the books that lie on the table in front of me.
Meanwhile, Teresa is showing her students the way.
When she joins me at the table, she tells about the rich history of the azulejos.
After the interesting explanation, I can choose a pattern from a book.
The materials that I will be working with today are:
-Wooden spatulas to work the clay
-A piece of clay on a turntable.
After I have taken the pattern on the piece of clay, I have to emphasize the lines and make them deeper. You use the turntable to make the lines as smooth as possible. Around it has to be smooth. After the lines are beautiful and the pattern has clearly emerged, I get approval from Teresa.
I can engrave my signature on the back.
Now it’s time to choose the colors.
I choose blue, white and yellow,
The following steps to make the clay work into solid tile are:
In the oven
In the oven
Because the above process takes time, I can not take my piece of work home immediately. I write my name and address on a paper and pay the shipping costs so that it can be sent to my home address. I Am already curious about the outcome of my tile.
Teresa cordially invites me for the next time. And emphasize that I must first visit her and at the end of my journey again so that I can paint my work myself.
This workshop was a nice introduction to the craft of ceramics.
And has certainly aroused my interest.