Drive through any Spanish village during the summer months and you can see an array of Spanish pots from the rustic terracotta to the more elaborate hand painted designs – Pots from Spain are unique, boasting vibrant colours, unique designs and compared to standard terracotta plant pots offer a different and more colourful angle to your garden or patio. Spanish pots deliver the Mediterranean, a rustic yet traditional Spain and the kind of colours that always seem so striking when looking at photographs of an inland whitewashed village or indeed driving through one if you have ever taken your holidays in southern Spain.
The connection between Spanish food and the Spanish garden, patio or terrace is very subtle but nonetheless important, the Spanish enjoy eating and entertaining outdoors, cooking rustic and using rustic Spanish cookware such as the terracotta cazuela to conjur up all manner of tapas and main meals. One of the most adoring things about the Spanish family meal is the atmosphere (especially when preparing and eating outdoors), joviality, friendship, good food and colours to match individual personalities of which there are always many! The Spanish meal or ‘cena’ can be as simplistic as a tortilla for a family or as extravagant as a full blown eight hour barbeque beginning well after noon with tapas and the food flowing well into the late evening and beyond.
Besides from the sun which Spain is blessed with, the surroundings of such Spanish eating events are just as important, everyone enjoys a good atmosphere part of which involves the surroundings and this is where pots from Spain become a vital ingredient to the outdoor kitchen. No matter how small the garden, patio or even terrace the walls and fixtures are donned with both plain and bright coloured terracotta pots. The Spanish garden uses herbs almost daily from parsley and basil to the more hardy plants such as bay and oregano, having your herbs nearby and to hand for preparing marinades and salsas is all part of the outdoor Spanish cooking experience.
Larger gardens may boast clay ovens, some of which are incorporated into a full outdoor kitchen, these cooking areas are commonly considered ‘an extra room’ to the house given the amount of time spent enjoying and using them throughout the year, it is not hard to see why meals in Spain are a friends and family affair, enjoying the outdoors, good food, atmosphere and a social occasion at its best (many of which and often the best ones are on the spur of the moment!)
Atmosphere through colour is an Andalucian speciality, every Tuesday sees the local market in Orce village, by no means a large market but stalls are dominated by all manner of flowers, fruit trees, tomato plants, peppers and herbs. Of course all of these require a pot and a large element of arrangement once returned home. One thing about the Spanish patio is the sheer amount of pots dotted around the floor and indeed even higher numbers hanging from the walls or balcony, when it comes to pots the Spanish are somewhat extravagant with their layout and designs however the end result is nothing short of spectacular! Take the city of Cordoba where patios of all sizes are opened to the public starting in May for around two weeks, many of which are owned by individuals who take pride in entering the city’s ‘best patio’ competition, here you can witness almost every colour of Spain from mosaic walls, tiling ornaments and center pieces as well as flowers and an ever expanding range of colourful hand painted pottery.
Terracotta & Glazing
Every gardener loves a terracotta pot, functional and pleasing through its basic design terracotta pots are cheap and can be found in any garden center. In Spain however the styles and more importantly the painting of the humble terracotta pot transforms a very basic piece into something quite special indeed. Spain is about colour, vibrance and sunshine and there are many painted pots to choose from. Andalucian Exports has been working with a local business since 2009 which produces many hand painted pieces – in fact every piece of typically Spanish tableware you can imagine, they also produce Andalucian garden pots in exactly the same way as other ceramics. Each pot is hand painted by a team of skilled artists in a plethora of patterns and designs, each offering up the typical colours of Spain including the blues and whites of Granada, greens and reds of Bailen and many other designs in between. The result is a selection of striking hand painted garden pots that we were eager to become involved with and offer to business both in Europe and worldwide.
So why just limit Spain to the table top when Spanish ceramics have so much more to offer? Summer 2017 sees a brand new range of pots from Spain available to the trade and with worldwide shipping even restaurants and retailers as far afield as America and Australia can welcome some traditional hand painted and glazed Andalucian ceramics. First impressions last so if you can see a wall of Spanish colour don your patio, beer garden or store then we welcome you to get in touch.