Handmade Álvaro Gaspar Pedrosa, Lda Bajouca - Leiria
HiSTORY Alvaro Gaspar Pedrosa, Lda Considered the main pottery of Bajouca Alvaro Gaspar Pedrosa, Ltd, is situated in Bajouca - Leiria, since 1992. Some decades ago in Bajouca, the labor activity was the pottery. In almost all the houses they worked the clay. The main parts that were manufactured was the pitchers to carry water, bowls for washing clothes, and several purposes, cooking pots, jars for olive oil and olives, wine jugs and mugs and little else. With the advent of the plastic and piped water, most of these clay utensils cease to be used and along the time, people stopped working in clay. The few who remained active in the pottery had to work in another type of product. And that’s what happened with Mr Alvaro Pedrosa, who learned the pleasure of working the clay with his father, first began to invent decorative piece, these pieces that were sold to the domestic market. After some contacts they began with the exportation. Initially for Belgium, and then for other countries like France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. The main article to be exported is the vase for flowers. With this level of export experience, the company was constantly improving the products and its production. Presently, he works for Germany and Switzerland, two very demanding markets. The added value of the company is the fact that production is tailored to the client - it is adapted to the customer necessity.
The process can be described briefly: 1- Drawing of clay into a field in Bajouca and its preparation. 2- The work of the wheel. This is the main, which is made only by the master (potter). 3- Place wings or other applications. 4- Place the parts to dry in the sun. The Sun is a very important ally but requires attention and care. 5- The pieces have to be shave, that is, smoothing the bottoms of the pieces. 6- Put into the oven, that is, put the parts in the oven so that they are baked and not break. 7- Glazing, means to bathe the parts with the desired colors. 8- Packing of the parts. They have to put guards, labels, and pack them so as to arrive at their destination intact. This work involves much determination and persistence, but at the end of the finished part remains the satisfaction of completing a task. The company Alvaro Gaspar Pedrosa, Ltd is considered the more advanced pottery on Bajouca, as it was a pioneer in terms of exports, has some well-adapted facility, has a great variety of glazed and has a Master who makes pieces that nobody else can do in terms of quality and quantity.
Ecology / Future The company Alvaro Gaspar Pedrosa Ltd. , it’s a ecologically company and environmentally friendly. All waste products are utilized to the maximum by economic and environmental issues. The principal material is clay, which comes directly from the earth and which is added water in sufficient quantity to be crushed in order to be able to mold. All the clay left to waste without being cooked, always returns to the beginning of the production process. The clay in contact with the skin is healthy, and in some cases medicinal. It is used the sun and wind, always is possible, to dry the pieces. Here saves a lot of energy and avoids some noise. Finally, the waste of broken parts who has been cooked, many can still be used or reused, and the rest of the pieces are not toxic and are used to close holes in rural roads. The company Alvaro Gaspar Pedrosa Ltd. also has another quality wich is the fact that it is installed in a rural area near the land, in the village, which helps provide quality of life.
In this line you can find parts very elaborate and full of personality
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Linha Swiss Range of pieces with life.
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