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Terracotta Pottery Museum

La Bisbal d’Empordà

<p>The Terracotta Museum is housed in an old ceramics factory. Aerial view of the machinery. Author: Joan Guitart</p>

The Terracotta Museum is housed in an old ceramics factory. Aerial view of the machinery. Author: Joan Guitart

Pottery has been, and still is, the most important activity carried out in La Bisbal d’Empordà. The pottery industry created one of the main economic engines of the city, and provided (and still provides) work to a significant percentage of the local population. This activity has a tradition that stretches back over several centuries; the first documented account of pottery in La Bisbal is a notation from 1511. From the beginning, this industry has created an important cultural heritage over the years.

The museum aims to preserve, conserve and display this material and the cultural heritage linked to Bisbal pottery, as well as proposing an interpretation of the socio-economic system created by the industry; a social model that has historically led to a specific cultural patterns. The museum aims to show visitors the unique industrialisation process that resulted from the industry. In this sense, the Terracotta Museum represents the pottery industry in La Bisbal d'Empordà and the Girona region; the museum is, without a doubt, the most important cultural heritage of the town.

 

SPACES

<p>Vacamorta clay pit (Cru&iuml;lles). Photo: Josep M. Fonalleras. Terracotta Museum image bank.</p>
Ceramics
Ceramics
<p>Pottery stall, La Rambla, Figueres, 1888-1889. Author: Josep Maria Ca&ntilde;ellas. Rubaudonadeu Album - Fages de Climent Library.</p>
Pre-industrial ceramics: tiles and pottery
Pre-industrial ceramics: tiles and pottery
<p>La Gabarra Factory in 1916. Next to the entrance to the warehouse is a lever press. Photo: Unknown author. Terracotta Museum image bank.</p>
Industrial ceramics
Industrial ceramics
<p>Sebasti&agrave; Padr&oacute;s i Cortada, modernist artist from Bisbal, 1922. Image bank at the Historical Archive of Girona.</p>
The artists
The artists

OBJECTS

<p>The clay has been traditionally categorised depending on the predominant colour: red (reddish-brown, highly plastic and fat) and white (sandy, hard and lean).</p>
The clay
The clay
<p>Pot. Use: to cook food.</p>
Pot
Pot
<p>Jug. Inscription: <em>Joseph Vicens tarricer / me fesit a dia 29 de / mars del any 1749</em>. (Joseph Vicens Tarricer / made on 29 / March 1749) Use: wine jug.</p>
Wine jug
Wine jug
<p>Fan tile. Tile decorated with a series of lines which converge at one point, creating a fan shape.</p>
Fan tile
Fan tile
<p>Tile cutter, used to shape the clay and model it using a metal mould at the end of the machine.</p>
Tile cutter
Tile cutter
<p>Train loaded with tiles at La Bisbal station. Author: Emili Casas. Regional Archives of Baix Empord&agrave; (Arxiu Comarcal del Baix Empord&agrave;).</p>
Train loaded with tiles
Train loaded with tiles
<p>Modernist jug. Inscription: DEDICATED TO THE LOVELY MISS ASSUMPCI&Oacute; PARICIO / A SOUVENIR OF HER ARTISTIC VISIT TO THE TOWN / J.CARRE / M. MASSOT / LA BISBAL, APRIL 1904.</p>
Modernist jug
Modernist jug
<p>Eusebi D&iacute;az Costa checking the firing of some decorative pottery. Photograph: Terracotta Museum image bank.</p>
Firing of pottery
Firing of pottery

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http://www.terracottamuseu.cat/
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EMAIL
terracottamuseu@labisbal.cat

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