Morocco is renown for its pottery, covered with complex geometric, arabesque designs that feature rich colored patterns. The main centers for ceramics are Safi, which produces pottery inlaid with metal, Fes, which produces the very distinctive blue and white Fassi pottery and Zagora which produces an emerald green colored pottery.
Moroccan pottery and tile work through the ages has been influenced by a diverse range of cultures given the country was occupied by the Visigoths, Romans, Byzantine Greeks, Vandals and then the Arabs. The Arabs conquered Morocco in the 7th Century and introduced Islamic religion, culture and designs to the Berber tribes. The intricate hand-painted ceramics of Morocco typically have designs influenced by Islam however some tribal patterns used on pottery in Morocco date back several centuries prior.
The Imperial city of Fes has been producing pottery for over six centuries and is Morocco’s first city known for Islamic influence pottery and produces massive amounts of pottery with designs, patterns and colors. Moroccan pottery’s beauty comes from the complex knowledge of geometry passed on from father to son. Fes is renowned for cobalt oxide that enables its potters to obtain every shade of blue. The decorative ceramic style found in Fes was greatly influenced by the Moorish and Spanish culture.
The Tamegroute Pottery can be found in Tamagroute, Zaogra and is hand made to obtain an emerald green tone by allowing it to be glazed with henna and then sun dried. The pottery is among Morocco’s most rugged and primarily has practical uses for locals who live in the Sahara Desert regions.
Head to the Pottery Cooperative to begin your full day of a workshop. You will enjoy a workshop lead by pottery masters whereby you will learn how to make and paint the pottery unique to Fes. You will learn the history as well as their local techniques. An English translator will be provided along with materials for you to make your own pottery. Everything you make you will be able to keep. Spend the day learning the traditions of Fes Pottery.
Head to Tamagroute. This forest green, glazed pottery is made and fired using regional henna. Your workshop lead by Tamagroute pottery masters whereby you will learn how the pottery unique to this region of Zagora is made. This serves as an opportunity for you to create and then learn how to make your own pieces. You will assist in gathering the clay, learn local design techniques using henna and local vegetable pigments which will then left in the sun to dry, then be placed in mud kilns. During your Pottery workshop you will learn about the history of Tamagroute as well as the local techniques that are passed down from father to son. An English translator will be provided along with all necessary materials for you to make your own Tamagroute pottery. Everything you make you will be able to keep.
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