I bought this (and many other) pottery plate 20 years ago in Redondo, a beautiful small town in Alentejo, in the South of Portugal, renowned for its clay products and wine. It was made by an artisan, Adriano Martelo, that claimed to use ancestral techniques.
The richness of the work of the artisans from Redondo comes from the use of traditional patterns like floral motifs, portraits of the daily life from rural Alentejo region and reproductions of antique plates from the 17th century. Flower baskets, small cottages, birds, cork oak trees and shepherds deserve special attention.
|pottery plate, my photo|
Recently I used it to decorate a linen/cotton apron made in the region of Guimarães and embroidered it with cotton pearl size 8 from Limol, choosing the pastel colors box.
|Using carbon paper to transfer the pattern, my photo|
|Transferred pattern, my photo|
|Patel colors, my photo|
|Embroidering... My photo|
|Embroidered bird from Alentejo, my photo.|
And here you have how a beautiful bird flew from pottery to embroidery...
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