Olaria Pequena (The Little Pottery) is a ceramics studio and shop, in the Algarve region of Portugal.
In a typical old farmhouse, we produce functional tableware and tiles, illustrated with local themes such as olives and lemons. Although using traditional craft techniques, the design of the work is fresh and contemporary.
Ceramics is our main focus, but we also produce prints of our designs on handmade paper.
The studio was set up by Ian Fitzpatrick from Glasgow, Scotland. After completing a degree in ceramic design at art college, Ian came to Portugal to work with Portuguese ceramic artist, Jorge Mealha. He started Olaria Pequena in 1983, in an old farmhouse outside the village of Porches, and it has been going ever since. Various people have worked at the studio over the years, but at the moment, daughters Molly and Martha provide (occasional, but much appreciated) assistance.
Please visit. Open all year round.
Monday to Saturday.
10.30-13.00 and 15.00-17.30