If you have ever traveled to Spain you may have been able to have some fun shopping for beautiful, hand painted pottery. Spain is famous for its colorful hand painted pottery and collectors covet these pretty, patterned pitchers and platters around the world. You do not necessarily need to be in Spain to buy some Spanish pottery, though. Some companies specialize in importing Spanish pottery to the United States. You could probably just buy some Spanish inspired pottery from your local home furnishing store, but you might want the real thing instead. Fortunately for you, real Spanish pottery can be very affordable.
Begin your shopping adventure by doing some research on Spanish pottery. In general, most Spanish pottery is earthenware. This means that it is usually pretty thick, compared to porcelain, and reddish in color. You also know that Spanish pottery usually comes in bright colors. Did you know that the pottery from different regions and time periods in Spain can look very different though? The ceramics of Ubeda, for example, often feature lattice work and transparent, green glaze. The work from Seville might include mosaic decor. The pottery from Talavera, on the other hand, is usually hand painted with floral motifs.
All of these different types of pottery can range in price. Some of the pottery is hand built whereas other pieces are thrown on a wheel. The price of your pottery will rely on the amount of labor that went into making it, its rarity, the age of the piece and the demand for that specific type of pottery. Once you learn about these different types of pottery, you can decide whether you want to build a collection of one style or whether you would prefer to own examples of several different types. You can often buy this pottery online directly from the people who make it.