A charmingly and deceptively simple pottery vase by the Tito family of Ubeda, Jaén of Southern Spain, the family come from a long dynasty of potters. This particular piece is glazed beige with broad sweeps of blue and smaller tints of green, bearing abstract resemblance to a forest covered mountainous landscape. Finally, the vase is signed by inscription by the master potter Melchor Tito.
The Tito family crafting process includes stacking the clay to near a metre high before sprinkling with ash, then the potter, wearing esparto espadrilles begins to tread in circles to create a large cake of clay. The cake is then cut into pieces and re-packed to repeat the treading multiple times before kneading out the air pockets before finally rolling the clay into balls.
Very good. There is what appears to be a chip to the back of the vase, however, this is glazed and appears as an imperfection from the crafting process. Beyond this, there is natural crazing on the vase commensurable to its age.
c. 7.5" / 19 cm tall by 6.5" / 16 cm wide.
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.8 kg / 816 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
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A BIT OF HISTORY
The origins of the Tito Ubeda pottery began in Calle Vallencia, within the suburb of medieval origin of San Millán. Nearby, an abundance of water springs essential essential to working the clay. Today, the pottery continues to use the Morna wood oven, called the Hispanomorisco, which, like the glaze technique, was introduced into the peninsula of Iberica by Muslim culture.