back to Moreno LeÃ³n I returned to Moreno LeÃ³n in Torrejoncillo, Extremadura, three weeks ago, to see my tinaja, and my dear friends Antonio, Rafa and Carlos the tinajareros, and was lucky enough to arrive on a friday afternoon when they were in the middle of loading their huge kiln. the kiln is the one place they can’t use the jack trolleys and the huge pots, not yet fired and quite delicate, have to be manoeuvred by hand. also the kiln is lined with ceramic insulating fibre which is dangerous to breathe in, so masks are the order of the day. the big dark jar on the right is one of four commissioned for a garden in Madrid – this will be spectacular! they have started using manganese oxide to give an aged appearance, which I think works quite well. we also saw a large ridged jar treated with a white slip in their CaceresÂ shop which looked very impressive. but the orange terracotta au naturel is very beautiful. they have a collection of old pieces for sale in the storeroom. Jimenez was the potter in Arroyomolinas de Montanchez. this cono is as tall as me. “FABRICADE JUAN PEDRO JIMENEZ AÃ‘O 1944” In the local bodega where I bought wine they have this sort of thing, not used any more, but kept for interests sake. I love this; the shape is gorgeous, and the surface bears all the marks of its making and its age. old and new this is a beauty too. I hope to buy some old pieces to keep in Spain. they can keep my jar company. double signature; the six-sided star, the star of David, is Moreno LeÃ³n’s stamp and indicates a very old origin .. possibly Catholic converts who stayed in Spain after the Jews were expelled. Post navigation the home woods and fieldsacorns, oak leaves, and porcelain 2 Comments Very interesting. Wonderful tradition. Have you been to Argentona nr Barcelona to see the cantir lifting competitions? Reply no, my house is on the other side of Spain. I have a wonderful book (Spanish) on the tinajarias that were still making jars in the 80’s, with lots of fascinating old photos. I believe vol 2 deals with other bits of Spain, vol 1 is mostly the south and west. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.