The Ceramics Museum possesses a very important collection of Spanish glazed ceramics ranging from the 11th century to the latest artistic trends.
In the medieval section, the bowls, vases and dishes from Teruel and Paterna, and the stamped well-curbs show the technique and creativity of the Mudejars. The metallic lustres of Manises, which represent one of the great milestones in world ceramics from the 15th and 16th centuries, may also be seen in a number of excellent pieces here. The Renaissance and Baroque ceramics collection, in the series of both polychrome and blue pieces, contains examples of pottery from all the Spanish centres of production: Aragon, Seville, Talavera, Puente del Arzobispo and Catalonia.
Of special note is the complete collection of Catalan ceramics, which features pieces from the 13th century to the present day.
The museum also houses one of the best collections of Alcora ceramics (18th-19th centuries) anywhere to be seen.
The five halls of Contemporary ceramics display the artistic alternatives that have arisen in this field since the beginning of the 20th century, with wheel-thrown works and sculptural pieces, some made of stoneware, porcelain or new refractory materials. There are works here by outstanding artists including Serra Fiter, Llorens Artigas, Cumella, Picasso, and Miró, among others.
The Ceramics Museum contains one of Catalonia’s most important artistic heritages in terms of both historic value and artistic and social significance. A visit to the museum is indispensable to obtain an overall view of Spanish ceramics and their evolution and to acquire a deeper knowledge of the pottery of Catalonia, Aragon, Valencia, Castile and Andalusia, as well as of the latest trends in contemporary artistic ceramics.
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