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Ceramics appeared in coin in 1700 coinciding with the famous flood of Malaga popularly known as the “Rio de Cachimona”.
Prior to this event the site of the ceramics workshop was a flour mill.
As a result of the flood the family owner died and was only survived by a son who was elsewhere at the time.
This son built a pottery in the mill.
In the tile factory, using moulds, they made bricks, pillars, pitchers (which at that time were made with bases in the shape of an inverted cone), so that they could be half-buried in the ground to keep water at a cool temperature.
The pottery which was made was totally utilitarian and mainly designed for the construction industry.
No glazes were used and almost no form of decoration.
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In the early 1800’s there was a change or evolution which was mainly brought about by the use of the wheel and some glazes to waterproof the inside of the pots, thus expanding the range of pieces produced. The glaze was honey-coloured. As time passed other colours and types of glazes were used to go with the changing shapes of the pieces. The base of the glazes was usually lead. Various types of pottery were made: earthenware jars, jugs, bowls, lamps etc.

Other important works at this time were: large dishes, animals, earthenware jugs, crockery, coffee makers and some murals like the one on the Hotel “los Monteros” and a large collection of decorative pottery which had been kept in a private collection with more than half of the collection of over a hundred pieces were shown in the exhibition hall in the Casa de Cultura of Coin in May 1982
Some of the main pieces being made around the 1950s were the gutters, drainpipes, and ridges of many houses, streets and squares of Malaga and the surrounding area. They can also still be found on the Bishop’s Palace In Pasaje Chinitas, Plaza la Merced, C Del Agua etc. Another major change began in 1945 leading to more decorative ceramics moving away from the earlier more utilitarian pieces for which there was an increasing demand due to industrial advances. The moment of glory came in 1970 when the pottery became more widely known through competitions, exhibitions and above all from foreign tourists who came expressly to visit the pottery.ceramics work shop
With the death of the last potter, Rafael Arroyo (in the 70s, activity ceased in Cumbreras workshops.
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