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Spanish Talavera Ceramic
Valencia, 17th century (Abraham Rubio’s private collection)

Online Course on Introduction to Spanish Historical Ceramics


The Friends of the National Museum of Decorative Arts Association (La Asociación de Amigos del Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas), a private non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and supporting the conservation, study, and dissemination of the cultural heritage holdings of the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid, has organized an introductory course about Spain’s rich ceramics tradition. Introduction to Spanish Historical Ceramics (Introducción a la Cerámica Histórica Española) is a six-session course that takes place between February 9 and 25, 2021.

Participants will learn about Spanish ceramics from the Middle Ages to 1900 and explore different techniques, forms, and styles. They will also learn to recognize the characteristics of each era’s ceramics. Finally, they will receive guidelines about cataloging ceramics. The program will cover:

February 9. Introduction: What are ceramics? Classification according to the material, forms, function, and techniques.
February 11. Hispano-Muslim ceramics: the Cordovan Caliphate, the Taifa kingdoms, and the Nasrid Kingdom. Christian ceramics in the Middle Ages: green and purple ceramics, metallic lusterware, and blue and white ceramics.
February 16. Renaissance ceramics: Seville, Talavera de la Reina, and Toledo.
February 18. Baroque and Rococo ceramics: Talavera de la Reina, Alcora, and Valencia.
February 23. The arrival of porcelain in the 18th century: the royal factories of Buen Retiro and La Moncloa.
February 25. Ceramics in the 19th century. The factories of industrial earthenware. The historicism.

Dr. Abraham Rubio Celada will present the course. A specialist in the history of Spanish ceramics, he is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC), headquartered in Geneva.

Upon completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of attendance and achievement. Students from in and outside Spain can register and access it through the Zoom platform. The deadline for registration is February 5, 2021.

For additional information, contact the Association of Friends of the MNAD (amigosmnad@hotmail.com) and link in bio.