José Miguel García, a master potter with a hallmark

The Almerian village of Sorbas has a pottery tradition. In the 11th century, it was known as the ‘clay pot’ due to the amount of clay that could be found in the area and that was used to make cookware. Potter José Miguel García grew up in this environment. He is the fourth generation of a family of potters, whose origin is in the year 1600. José Miguel works with clay just like his father and his uncle taught him, with the same care and technique that was used in ancient times. As recognition to his career, he was awarded the Master Artisan Card of Andalusia in 2016. The pieces of this potter are characterised by their loose paint-stroke decoration. Although he adapts to the demands of his clients, he prefers to make useful objects. However, José Miguel continues to create his hallmark: the typical Sorbas rooster and the ‘ajuarico’, a piece that contains miniatures of all the objects that compose a trousseau and that has been traditionally given as a present to brides on their wedding day.

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