Fira del Fang ( Fiesta of Ceramics ) : 09 March – 17 March 2019
The word `ceramic´ is derived from the Greek word `keramos´ meaning clay and, stretching back many hundreds of years, Mallorca and more specifically Portol was at the heart of ceramics in the Mediterranean.
With such a pedigree, it is no wonder that the centre of the ceramics industry in Mallorca, the adjacent towns of Portol and Sa Cabaneta in Marratxi, are proud to celebrate with a fiesta each year in early March, the “Fira del Fang” (Pottery Fair) showcasing and promoting the best in ceramics Mallorca has to offer.
The ceramics produced in the area range from historical to practical everyday ware and more modern and decorative designs.
You are sure to recognise the traditional earthenware cooking pots or “greixoneres”, wide and shallow dishes and used for soups, stews and of course paella. They come in varying sizes and are emblematic of the red clay found in the area.
You will also no doubt be curious about the ´siurells´, the clay figurines of Mallorca, incorporating a whistle. After firing, they are lime-washed white and painted with splashes of red and green. The origins of these figurines have been lost in the mists of time but are uniquely evocative of Mallorca.
So if you are a lover of all things ceramic like me, make time to go Potty in Pórtol and make the trip to these lovely traditional Mallorcan towns just outside Palma.
One of the best stocked and one of the oldest potteries is Ceramica Terra Cuita.
Open every day and happy to show you around.
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