LEIRIA

Leiria was founded and has expanded between the Castle and the River Lis. Enchanted by two rivers, Lis and Lena, bathing in the golden sands of the Atlantic, populated with beautiful woods, the city of Leiria offers unforgettable places of rare charm to those who visit it.

It is the district capital and is located in the coastal centre of the country. The beauty of the county of Leiria is in sight: river, beaches, pine forests, ponds, rock shelters, religious and civil architecture, the monumentality of medieval constructions, museums, spas, popular traditions in the most pure manifestations, crafts and a rich abundant gastronomy.

Leiria has shown true interest in valuing its tile heritage, especially those which build up Korrodi’s art noveau architecture, that can be discovered through city itineraries and also in pottery in the parish of Bajouca.

Pottery in Bajouca has always fulfilled its mission: to serve the rural and simple population of the area, responding to it usefulness as an object. However, there were always local potters who demonstrated a aesthetical approach to the object. Each one had their own models as a kind of unique signature.

From the potters’ wheel we can listen to a certain melody when carving and moulding the pure clay, but it is a melancholic and almost sad though hopeful song. Observing these craftsmen working their object is just like witnessing a millenary art which they proudly intend to preserve popular pottery.

The Municipality of Leiria, as well as the Associação Bajouquense para o Desenvolvimento, has promoted several actions to create awareness of this unique and special form of art, strengthening one of the most remarkable craft manifestations in the region, and also sharing the know-how and valuing the craft e its potential towards social and economic sustainability.

Gonçalo Lopes

Gonçalo Lopes

Mayor of Leiria

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR OF LEIRIA

Clay is part of Leiria’s identity.

Along with pottery and craft, by promoting the participation of local potters in national and international events – National Pottery Exbition, individual presentations, artistic residences, the Municipality of Leiria has a strong intention to preserve and value the tile heritage and also industrial poterry.

Being part of these networks, as APTCVC and AeuCC, national and European, consists in a powerful advantage to fulfill the artisans, ceramists, artist and entrepreneurs’ ambition.

 

Gonçalo Lopes

Mayor of Leiria