This 36cm plate in white and blue was handmade and painted in Fes, Morocco.
Fes is one of the three major centres for ceramics in Morocco, and is known for producing the finest work. The techniques are handed down from generation to generation. The clay used in Fes is fine and the glazed patterns are usually intricate.
The imperial city of Fes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often referred to as the country’s cultural capital. The walled medina or old part of the city is home to thousands of craftsmen in its vibrant souks.
Fes is a northeastern Moroccan city often referred to as the country’s cultural capital. It’s primarily known for its Fes El Bali walled medina, with medieval architecture, vibrant souks and old-world atmosphere. Watching the artisans at work is amazing, and many pieces are unique as the artisans do not use templates. Each piece is made on the pottery wheel, driven by foot.
In Fassi potteries today, each component of the process is done by different people – from preparing the clay, producing the clay article, firing the kilns, painting each piece and then firing. For a good explanation of how they make ceramics in Fes, take a look at this short Lonely Planet video clip.
This white and blue plate is safe to be used for food or just for decoration. The back of the plate has a couple of holes, so you can hang it on the wall. This plate is a good size for cakes and savouries. Please don’t put this piece in the dishwasher but hand-wash it in warm soapy water.
The plate measures 36cm in diameter and is fairly flat. Please note, as these plates are individually painted, the painting may vary a little.