Arts & Crafts - Handicrafts in Seville

The historical and cultural assimilation of the heritage that the city and its surroundings have received, has resulted in varied crafts, often with distinctive features that make it unique. This is because of the very close relationship between craftsman and women and the celebrations of Holy Week. Seville may be the principal centre for traditional religious image makers.

Inspiration is still based on the models created by the main schools of Martinez Montanes, Pedro Roldan, Juan de Mesa and Alonso Cano. A small number of workshops still produce religious embroidery working for fraternities, using gold and silver thread, silk and velvet for all their handmade work. Traditional workshops usually situated near churches and convents carry out their work related to religious feasts. 

Traditional potters and tile makers come from Triana. There are workshops that make the typical pottery from Seville who specialise in blue, yellow, orange and mauve tiles. At Sanlucar la Mayor, Hispano-Arabic designs with metallic lustre have been recovered, as well as Renaissance designs where yellow and blue, are predominate. Traditional pottery such as jars for dressing olives, ewers, plates, flower pots etc., are made at Carmona, Lebrija and Loro del Rio. Not to be forgotten is the centuries old table ware with its Chinese design and characteristic gray, pink and green shades from Pickman-La Cartuja de Sevilla.

Harness making has always been important in Seville and is done in workshops in the centre of town that make saddles etc to order. Harness making for horse carriages is also flourishing in Carmona and Ecija.