As Portugal's largest pottery centre, São Pedro do Corval has been the home to families of master potters who dedicate their lives to the craft. Adobe bricks and terracotta objects are daily handmade in the workshops that border the main street and are living proof of the region booming crafts. António Bulhão, one of these master potters, and his daughter Manuela, from Olaria Bulhão, will come to our monte and they will teach you how to work the clay on the wheel, still being moved only by your body’s movements.
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.