Ceramics have always played a great part in Mallorca’s day-to-day life. Earthenware pots, jars, urns, vessels, tubes, roof tiles, floor tiles, bowls, crockery, plates, lamps and cooking vessels have been fired in Mallorca for hundreds of years, in large wood-fired kilns. Every pueblo to speak of used to have its own Teulera (ceramic kiln) or Ceramica (ceramic workshop), although, in this day and age, ceramic production is somewhat on a decline here on the island.
The Terracotta jars in today’s photo are not typical for Mallorca. They were probably imported from the mainland, most likely from the Murcia area or from Andalucía. Traditionally, those large bellied jars or urns used to be kept for the storage of oil, wine or water. The Romans brought these kind of pots with them, as did the Phoenicians and the Moors. Now and then, you will find lorries on the roadsides of Mallorcan villages having come from the mainland with an assortment of ceramic and other treasures. You may be totally ripped off as likely as you might be able to strike a bargain. It all depends on your luck, your blue eyes or your language abilities. Don’t be shy to negotiate a deal.
The photo was taken in Santanyí, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 27th, 2011. The time was 13:30:04.