We have made it our business to combine beautiful natural products from traditional craftsmanship with modern design. We wanted to combine our wanderlust with our love for good food and beautiful living, and take people like you on our journey, inspire them and bring a piece of holiday home to you. The result is Portofino Ceramica - handmade ceramics from Portugal. But what exactly does handmade mean? How can you imagine it? How are the shapes and unique colour gradients created?
We work together with various Portuguese family businesses, all located between Porto and Lisbon. There we create our unique tableware and vases with much love and care for a human and environmentally friendly production. No matter how big or small the manufactory is, our producers manage with great passion to combine our design and colour ideas with traditional craftsmanship. It gives us a lot of pleasure to develop something new in close cooperation.
The proximity to the Atlantic Ocean is often reflected in the designs of our ceramics - this is important to us - because we want to bring a piece of Portugal into your home. Before we travel to Portugal and visit the manufactories, we always have a pretty clear idea of what we want. Once we have decided on a colour on site at the factory, we apply it to shapes of our choice. Samples are made from these. If the colour on the moulds is successful, we first test the dishes at home for a few weeks to see whether the moulds are suitable for everyday use and the dishwasher, for example. Often we are so much in love when we unpack the samples that the decision is quickly made. Rarely are we dissatisfied and have to work on the design again.
The production process
All our products are handmade. That is why even small deviations in shape and colour occur, which give our ceramics their character. No plate is the same as the other, every colour gradient on the cups is unique.
Stoneware is used as the basis for our products - a fine, white clay. In the first step, round plates are punched out of lumps of clay, which are then shaped by hand. This creates the organic shapes.
In the second step, the finished shapes are usually taken outside to dry in the sun. The warmth of the sun draws moisture from the raw material. This prevents cracks in the ceramic from forming in the oven.
Because in the next step, the shapes are fired in an oven at around 1,200 degrees for eight hours. Once the goods have cooled down, they are glazed by hand. The so-called reactive glazes create the unique colour gradients, which look different on every piece.
In the last step the glazed products are put back into the kiln. After eight hours in the hot oven, the dishes are ready and are packed in cartons. When the pallets arrive from Portugal, it is time to unpack and fall in love.