Moroccan Pottery making

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Pottery is a central part of moroccan home decor. Tajine is the most famous piece.
In this post, we bring you the story of moroccan pottery and we describe the making process.
Make sure to checkout the video we made in Safi !

The story

Moroccan Pottery is reknown all over the world. It can be covered by geometric, floral or arabesque patterns.

Here are the 5 dates to remember regarding the devlopment of pottery in Morocco

~ 814 : Thousands of immigrants from Cordoba are welcomed in Fes by Idriss II. Some of them are skilled craftsmen specialize in glazed ceramic.

~ 1040 : The ceramics industry is developing in the era of the Almoravids who build several monuments. The decoration is mainly made of zellige.

~ 1350 : The technique of double firing for attaching enamel was born. A new form of faience appeared.

~ 1672 : Moulay Ismail established his capital at Meknes. The artisans of the city produce great beauty of ceramics. Dar Jamai Museum in Meknes exposes some works from this period.

~ 1875 : Thanks to a local quality clay, pottery Safi grows rapidly under the leadership of Mohammed Langassi who settled in the city a first pottery workshop. Today safiote pottery has gained an international reputation.

~ 1912 : The interest for Moroccan pottery decreases gradually. The introduction of Chinese pottery and plastic objects disrupt habits. It is only thanks to artists such as Boujmaa Lamali that Moroccan pottery resume his breath.

Today Today, the pottery production is concentrated in five cities, each with its specific style :  Safi, Fes, Marrakech, Sale and Tetouan.