"The venerable clay and the sensitive and expert hands of the potter created the jar that jealously guards the wine".
The Tinajera Pottery Interpretation Centre holds secrets, stories and knowledge involving mathematics, chemistry, geology and physics. ARE YOU GOING TO MISS IT?
Earthenware pottery is the exponent of popular and utilitarian art from the Middle Ages and the Centro de Interpretación de la Alfarería Tinajera is a unique space, in which homage is paid to this noble art and to the men and women of Villarrobledo who, for almost five centuries, have been dedicated to modelling clay jars with their hands, of different sizes and shapes, destined for the production of wine and all types of vessels and containers for domestic use and other chores.
The Centro de Interpretación de la Alfarería Tinajera is located in an old pottery and pottery kiln that has been restored following the old model. It is located in the heart of the tinajero district, where these workshops have been established since the 16th century, seeking the proximity of the clay deposits. Before the 16th century, there were already potters in Villarrobledo - a few families who made pottery for domestic use. From the 16th century onwards, activity focused on the production of earthenware jars and the number of workshops increased. In the 18th century, the guild of jar-makers even had quality controllers. From the second half of the 19th century onwards, there was a whole industry producing thousands of jars a year by hand, with 72 kilns firing jars at full capacity.