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Porches Pottery

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Finest craftsmanship in the Algarve available to order

50 years ago Patrick Swift, the famous Irish artist, decided to reintroduce the art of majolica... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2018
Michael U
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Tel Aviv, Israel
An institution in the Algarve

This is the only original ceramic pottery which was founded in 1968. Only here the you will find... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
GudySavannah
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Reviewed December 15, 2018

50 years ago Patrick Swift, the famous Irish artist, decided to reintroduce the art of majolica ware pottery to the Algarve, where it have been lost for centuries. Today the same pottery is produced by two of his daughters, Juliet and Stella, and his grandson...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

This is the only original ceramic pottery which was founded in 1968. Only here the you will find excellent painters and see them work on the ceramics. It is a living museum.....with a Café.More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Olariamajolica, Manager at Porches Pottery, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2018

Thank you very much for your kind review! We are always pleased when people appreciate our work and understand it. We try very hard to remain faithful to the Porches Pottery's original concept of hand-made and hand-painted ceramics, all decorated in a free, painterly style....More

Reviewed September 25, 2018

As I travel through each country I purchase a hand made painted plate that represents that country. At Porches Pottery I found many different and unique pieces all painted by different artists. In the end I purchased a few pieces some that will be given...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Olariamajolica, Manager at Porches Pottery, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2018

Thank you for letting us know that you enjoyed your visit. We take great care with our work, ensuring that each piece is carefully made and hand painted, with the artist's signature and the date on the back. We hope you enjoy your pieces for...More

Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

Located on the N125  between Lagos and Albufeira, Porches pottery is the place to go in order to bring some wonderful handmade pottery from the Algarve. Large parking in front of the atelier and shop, even a small café in the garden. Very large choice...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Olariamajolica, Manager at Porches Pottery, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2018

Thank you for this positive review and we are glad that you enjoyed your visit. We strive to make good quality, handmade pottery that is fairly priced, so it is very rewarding when our efforts are recognized. If you happen to return, let us know...More

Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

I'd seen this place in guidebooks and looked on the website. I was really looking forward to visiting and I wasn't disappointed. It has a lovely feeling as you walk in and we were made to feel welcome despite me worrying that my 3 children...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Olariamajolica, Manager at Porches Pottery, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2018

Thank you for this kind review, we are delighted to know that you enjoyed your visit and like our pottery. We take great care and pride in the hand making and hand painting of each piece, so it is especially rewarding when our work is...More

Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

Pottery is nice, rather over-priced and we didn’t see anyone making or decorating any pottery when we visited, which was a disappointment. However, the real surprise is the lovely cafe attached. It’s very relaxed, lovely surroundings.More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Olariamajolica, Manager at Porches Pottery, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the pottery and the Bar Bacchus café, we are sorry that you didn't see anyone painting on your visit, but please allow me to explain a little what we do here at Porches Pottery. Our pottery...More

Reviewed June 3, 2018

First stop. Hand painted pottery. Some nice pieces to buy. Had a great day with Simone our driver and took in the coastline around Carvoeiro which is stunning, lunch at Ferragudo and lastly wine tasting. An excellent trip with a very knowledgeable driver.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed March 22, 2018 via mobile

Porches Pottery has now been in business for 50 years. Family owned, they employ skilled artisans who you can watch decorating each piece of pottery - every piece is somewhat unique and you can be guaranteed that none of this work is mass produced in...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Olariamajolica, Manager at Porches Pottery, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2018

Thank you for this kind and informative review. We take pride in our work and it is always lovely when visitors appreciate the essence of our hand painted wares. Each item is indeed handmade and hand decorated, depicting the initials of each artist on the...More

Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

Porches Pottery has been here for 50 years. The styles and merchandise haven’t changed in our 5 years coming here. You can see the women painting the pottery. Nice gardens and cafe

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 8, 2018 via mobile

There is so much pottery available in this area. But a check of Wikipedia and Trip Advisor led me to Porches. The history of the company is interesting. Much of the pottery from Portugal is “made” here but it is factory made. Porches still uses...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Olariamajolica, Manager at Porches Pottery, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2018

Thank you for your great review! We are delighted that you took the time to look up our history, we are finding it hard to believe but we are fifty years old this year. If you are interested to know even more there is information...More

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I don't know but you can use the local bus service
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Response from Olariamajolica | Property representative |
If you are travelling by car, follow the EN 125 road to Porches village roundabout, then carry on following the 125 road for approximately 850m and you will see the Pottery on your left. If you are coming by bus, take the... More
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