Pottery has an age old tradition in Sardinia, the most important archeological museums of the island treasure remains that date back over 5,000 years. The production of everyday objects has passed from the expert Nuragic hands to those of the Punic, Roman, Medieval civilisations, but only became significant in 1900.
To this day, this ancient craft is a fundamental element of Sardinian heritage, one has to thank local artisans; their passion and enthusiasm have kept it alive and it’s a joy to see the infinite assortment of beautifully hand-made plates, jugs, lamps, ashtrays, coffee cups, saucers in the shop windows. The decorations are mainly based on the local fauna often depicting a lapwing, I find the patterns very delicate and usually in "mild" colours, giving an overall effect of quiet elegance.
The cities and villages that boast a long tradition in the world of pottery and ceramics include Oristano, Pabillonis, Dorgali
, Sassari and Siniscola, though the greatest production is concentrated in Cagliari
, in particular in Assemini, where skilled pottery masters which have received endless lists of awards at national and international competitions, still display their magical ability at the potter’s wheel. (more…)