Pottery in l'Alcora
 Pottery-making in Alcora

Y últimamente hace apropósito en dicha villa la dicha fábrica la destresa de sus vecinos en las ollas y cántaros, pues estos con facilidad y tiempo breve, acostumbrados a manejar su barro y ruedas, están aptos para la baxilla, conosiéndose este beneficio en que siendo dose las ruedas perennes en dicha fábrica, solo hay en ellas dos maestros forasteros, siendo los demás vecinos de dicha villa (…).
Report by the Royal Factory, dated 1729.

Prior to the Royal Factory, Alcora had numerous workshops where cooking pots and pitchers were made, with origins dating back to at least the mid 16th century. The first potter to be documented in Alcora was Baltasar Llidó, mentioned in the parish archive in 1546. At the end of the 16th century, there were at least eight potters. Among them, special mention should be made of Gabriel Redolat, active back in 1568: the first of a dynasty of 12 generations, ending with Manuel Redolat Mallol in the 1950s.

The 18th century marked a highpoint in pottery-making in Alcora. However, during the 19th century it began to wane with the growth of workshops specializing in chinaware, spurred on by the existence of the Royal Factory. In the early decades of the 20th century, there were barely five or six manufacturers of pitchers, bricks and roof tiles left and, in the 1950s, they all disappeared, except for Nomdedéu Pottery.


The Nomdedéu family. 300 years of pottery-making in Alcora
Until 2002, the little square where we are now standing formed part of the premises of Nomdedéu Pottery. Pedro and Antonio Nomdedéu Medina, the last potters in the town, represented the end of a trade that can be traced back for seven generations in their family to the early 18th century and over four and a half centuries in Alcora generally.
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