HISTORY OF POTTERY IN AGOST

A village, a tradition

 

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"(...) highlights our most known and characteristic: the white jug, much appreciated by the good taste and freshness which gives the water containing"

 

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Agost pottery has been and continues to be an activity of great importance for our town, a feature that exceeds locally by the fact that it is the only pottery center of the Valencian Community that keeps this tradition, and one of the few national and international level to retain their traditional methods of production.

The various documentary sources with references to the existence of pottery in Agost, date back to the seventeenth century, but in all likelihood this office as was done in earlier times. Witness of the time, find the hermitage of Santa Justa and Santa Rufina, founded in 1821, and dedicated to the patron of the potters.

The first workshops, which were inside the home, were located at Carrer de les Canteries, with a strategic location close to the source, which supplied a commodity, water.

Later, in the late nineteenth century pottery boom led to the construction of the first home-type pottery workshop. This expansion shaped the urban fabric of the area (Calle Ventós, Arc, Consell of the Valencian Country, Teuleria, etc) closer to some of these pottery clay quarries. As proof of this fact we have the building housing the current Pottery Museum, factory dating from that era.

Among the wide variety of parts and models that occur in our potteries highlights our most known and characteristic: the white jug, much appreciated by the good taste and freshness that gives the water it contains. But not alone: ​​over forty models are produced here. To disseminate and maintain this extensive range of products, the Pottery Museum publishes a collection each year rescuing a different piece of traditional pottery Agost, the "Year's piece". She engaged various activities such as exhibitions, lectures, tours, documentary materials, etc ... The part of the year can be purchased at the museum.

In 2009, Agost has eleven active potteries, some of which make their own clay and continue cooking on wood stove or Moorish.

 

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