Andalucia Diary – Seasonal Travel Notes

Artisan ceramics and tiles in Seville – ‘Populart’

Close to Seville’s ancient cathedral, in the narrow streets of the barrio de Santa Cruz, are hidden some of the city’s best secrets – bars that time seems to have forgotten; palaces with hidden patio courtyards dating back to the Islamic era; – and interesting independent shops!

Populart.. (‘artesania, antiqua ceramica, alfareria, hierros, bordados, grabados y cacharreria’).

Populart_sevilla_seville_artisan ceramics and tiles

‘Populart’ is one of these quaint shops and is well worth a visit, with its superb collection of vintage, antique and modern tiles and pottery. The Aladdin’s cave of Andalusian artisan treasures is owned by Laura Salcines, whose friendly and knowledgeable approach brings the history of the pieces alive. There are all manner of rustic pots, bowls and dishes dating back a century or more, as well as tiles salvaged from various buildings across the region that are hundreds of years old.

The owner also has an exceptional prvate collection of world class pieces.

Populart shop of ceramics and tiles in Seville

I purchased a beautiful tile from the 17th century – it’s now on display in my home.

With a history of over 800 years of Islamic rule there is a strong artisan legacy of working in ceramics in the region, with amazing pottery and tiles. Seville was one of the cities at the heart of this artistic trade and itrems available for purchase range from intricately decorated traditional kitchen and diningware to large, simply decorated, deep ceramic bowls used to catch the decapitated heads of slaughtered animals!

Populart – cermacis

Pasaje de Vila 4, (Barrio de Santa Cruz)

41004 Sevilla

Andrew Forbes in Populart


8 people like this post.

  1. azahar
    azaharJul 05, 2011

    I lived across the street from Laura’s wonderful Populart for over 16 years. It is indeed a special place.

  2. stefanie dunon
    stefanie dunonJun 24, 2013

    Is there a webshop of this shop? Or if not, maybe simply a website or blog…?
    I passed this store on a trip to Sevilla but didn’t had to chance to really visit it but I really adore this store!!

    • Andrew Forbes
      Andrew ForbesJul 01, 2013

      Hi there. Sorry for delay in replying – I’ve been travelling. I don’t think they have an online presence – maybe best to call them.
      Pasaje Vila, 4
      Santa Cruz
      41004 Sevilla

      Tel: +34 954 229 444

  3. Brad Smith
    Brad SmithDec 08, 2013

    I visited Populart several times at the end of November and was very impressed! Sancho gave a lot of his time discussing the items, the store, the history of the Barrio–I can’t wait for their website to get up & running. Good luck to them, I’ll be back!

    • Andrew Forbes
      Andrew ForbesDec 08, 2013

      Thanks for the comment. Yes I think their website will have great success.

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