Museu de Ceràmica de l’Alcora

A museum to enjoy ceramics

The Museu de Ceràmica de l’Alcora opened in 1994 with the aim of recovering, showing and spreading the ceramic local heritage. The Museum has 800 square metres of fully accessible exhibition, in its rooms we can find almost 1,000 pieces distributed throughout three permanent exhibitions: L’Alcora Ceramics (from the Count of Aranda’s Royal Factory until today), Popular Pottery and Contemporary Ceramics.
One of the most important spaces is the one dedicated to the Royal Factory, which has been improved thanks to the agreements with other museums like the National Museum of Ceramics in Valencia or the Museum of Ceramics in Barcelona, and private collections.
The pieces are accompanied by tools, materials and documents that approach the visitor to the creative and technological processes: original prints and drawings from the Royal Factory, stencils, a metal plate used in transfer printing, paintbrushes, moulds, image sequences about the manufacturing processes, etc.
This space is completed by an interesting collection of tombstones dated from the 19th century and a large representation of the work of the workshops and potters which appeared after the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and who have kept the identity and prestige of the ceramics decorated in the style of l’Alcora alive.
The Popular Pottery collection is a tribute to the extensive local tradition which started, at least, in the mid-16th century. In the exhibition we can find: two large earthenware jars for wine, two pitchers and a lebrillo from the master potter Gabriel Redolat (who died in 1599), roof tiles from the Montañés and Deussoles families (18th century), two large earthenware jars for oil with a capacity of 800 litres which were produced in the Aicart’s workshop (19th century) and the legacy of the Nomdedéu family (7 generations of potters between the beginning of the 18th century and 2002).
The pottery process has also been reproduced: from the mine to the kiln, including tools, clays, glaze and the most remarkable tool: a potter’s wheel from the Nomdedéu’s workshop that is dated from the late 19th century.
Furthermore, the Contemporary Ceramics Collection has almost 100 works and represents the independent ceramics from the last three decades.
The Museum also has two temporary exhibition rooms but the most precious area is in the basement where the Ceramic Workshop is situated. The workshop is equipped in order to offer all types of activities to schoolchildren and visitors of all ages.
It is possible to visit the Museum without guide but you can also participate on the workshops the didactic department offers.
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