As Portugal's largest pottery centre, São Pedro do Corval has been the home to families of master potters who dedicate their life to the craft. Adobe bricks and terracotta objects are handmade, each day, in the workshops that border the main street and are a living proof of the region booming crafts. Rui Santos, one of this master potters will come to our ‘monte’ to teach how to prepare clay and work it in the wheel, what time to wait for it to dry and how to beautifully finish it. Or, if you prefer, you can visit him at his workshop.
In São Pedro do Corval, the tradition of ceramics goes back to the prehistoric period, revealing from an early age how important for the development of this activity was the existence of clay deposits with specific characteristics in the area. In a more recent past, this type of pottery has adapted to the needs of rural life in the Alentejo, taking the form of pots, pans, jars and other utilitarian pieces.