On a tree-lined side street on the outskirts of Caldas da Rainha, 75km north of Lisbon, lies the home of Portuguese ceramics brand Bordallo Pinheiro. Founded in 1884 by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, renowned Portuguese journalist, caricaturist and sculptor. He was known for producing nature-inspired earthenware that invoked the beauty of imagination, creativity, humour, and social consciousness.
Bordallo began his ceramics production at the Fábrica de Faianças in Caldas, creating pieces of great technical, artistic and creative quality. He produced bold pieces, either by their size or by the delicacy of their details. Bordallo Pinheiro is steeped in heritage and continues to produce a range of ceramic designs that have stood the test of time. Virtually all of the pieces are handcrafted and produced with little mechanisation using traditional techniques that have been passed down through generations of ceramic artists. Adopting fauna and flora as decorative inspiration, the pieces are quirky and colourful and display a whimsical exuberance. The products give life to any table and can be used in various environments, both formal and casual, and include complete dinner sets, centrepieces and other decorative figures and giftware.
The Bordallo Pinheiro brand is an innovative and design-driven company and has in recent years, become associated with renowned national and international artists in the creation of contemporary pieces, inspired by the original works of Bordallo. Adopting a modern and entrepreneurial approach, Bordallo Pinheiro plays an essential role in the revitalization of Portuguese ceramics. A selection of these extraordinary pieces is now available locally in South Africa. Feel free to shop online or come and visit us at our showroom in Cape Town.