Azulejos -Ceramic Art

“Oh salty sea, how much of your salt is tears from Portugal?”

-Fernando Pessoa

The buildings of Lisbon are brightly coloured and immensely attractive. Most walls are covered with highly decorated, individual tiles, each about 4 inches square. Each tile is hand painted and no two are precisely the same when examined closely. Azulejos represent the Islamic influences within Portugal. I like to paint copies of these tiles. I can measure and rule, then paint as brightly as possible. The impacts differ as more tiles are massed together, as they would on the wall of a building. Traditionally, many families were represented by specific tile patterns. I am busy trying to master a design for mine. #iliketheblueones #letsmakelemonade

3 thoughts on “Azulejos -Ceramic Art

  1. Square is good XX


  2. The old English tiles with subtle colours I think are better, found in bathrooms and fire surrounds blending in well with the marble of the mantle piece. On verandahs as well.
    My old house had them for a short time but removed by others.
    In fact the Italian migrants of the 50’s
    Removed a lot of these and replaced by terrazzo.
    Oh for a revival
    Nothing to do today David


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