The Mayor of Totana, José Martínez Andreo, and Councilwoman Crafts, Isabel Ruiz Maria Sanchez attended the tribute that every year makes the Association of Artisans of Totana, Asarta the occasion of the feast of Santa Justa and Santa Rufina, patrons of potters.
This recognition, which has taken place for over ten years, this year has gone Francisco Tudela Lopez, local pottery family, and his 62 years has been recognized for his long career dedicated to this profession.
The ceremony was celebrated with a big dinner, attended by the president of Asarta, Rosa Maria Sainz, and more than fifty local artisans, plus family and friends of the honoree.
The president of Asarta used the occasion to thank the City Council and support collaboration and insisted to continue working with this sector "is now in decline."
For his part, recalled the membership of the municipality as a founding member of the Spanish Association of Towns of Ceramics, and made a commitment to continue carrying out various actions to "encourage and promote the craft carried out, as far as possible" requests made by all.
Also, the mayor said that "we will not allow the pottery in Totana disappear" and as head of the City of Totana made a commitment to do everything possible to the hand of the Association to put all the measures and mechanisms are possible for "we can enhance the local pottery at the level that it deserves."
Finally, the mayor presented a corporate gift Francisco and the president of Asarta, gave him a painting by Eulalia Gonzalez, as a tribute to the potter in the day of their patron saint.
Francisco Tudela honored path López
This totanero working in a pottery, which being an old abandoned Tejera where formerly tiles were baked in an oven adapted to this need, was hired 50 years ago by a good potter, Rufino, his father, who was in charge of fixing the furnace and I adapted to fire their pottery.
Also, Rufino taught everything he knows from his office to his children, with Francisco Tudela, who since the age of 10 following in the footsteps of his father taking over the company in 1958 with her two children.
His work is meticulous and painstakingly worked on relief where you can appreciate the craftsmanship of its creator, and is decorated with rope and ornaments of the same clay, without being glazed.
Also, Francisco used-oil furnace gas for cooking and around and biscuit for their realization, taking on the mud in various places.
This beautiful pottery is distributed nationally and internationally.
The fairs I have attended are the Garden in Valencia, Cologne (Germany) and Totana Craft Show, among others.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana