Gomera ceramics, an ancient technique that has survived since the times of the aborigines. Discover it in our museum and buy the traditional ceramics in our shop
The island's rough, unadorned ceramics are worked on the ground, without a potter's wheel, entirely by hand. The blend, the modelling process, the shapes and finishes... they have remained unchanged from their origins.
The island's traditional ceramics are produced for kitchen-related functions. It has a unique character not only because of its workmanship, but also because of its austerity in the design and materials used.
The mud is dried in the workshop as it is extracted. Then it is milled to free it of any impurities. The mud is not stamped as on other islands, but is kneaded with the hands and mixed with the sand. The sand used is actually volcanic rough stone that is crushed in the workshop and grinded to a homogeneous grain.The secret ingredient of Gomera ceramics, the almagre, a sandy soil, is to blame for the " reddish " colour of Gomera ceramics. It is usually extracted from the area of Igualero.
The potter works kneeling on the ground. There, directly on the ground, she prepares the clay and makes the workpiece. With her hands she starts with a ball of clay and hollows it out with her fist in the middle, creating the base of the piece. On this foundation she starts the walls by adding small rolls of clay, which are then crushed against each other. The pottery uses beach stones to stretch the clay; with a piece of metal ring it scratches and grinds the piece. After one day, it is smoothed again and then applied an ochre glaze bath by hand. 24 hours later, the last smoothing or burnishing is done and it will be ready for the oven.
Each island has its own identity signs of its traditional pottery. In La Gomera its distinctive characteristics are the lack of ornamentation of the pieces and their ochre colour.