Firing the Arabic Kiln in Úbeda: reviving and recording traditional craft skills


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Factum Foundation started a project focused on reviving and recording traditional craft skills tied to an Arabic kiln belonging to the Tito family in Úbeda, in southern Spain. Over the course of a year, conversations and artistic discussions culminated in the firing of traditional, functional and artistic objects made by Melchor Tito and his family. 

The kiln uses the crushed remains of olive stones that are the result of olive oil production in the area and have a high calorific content. With one person feeding the firebox and one on the roof of the kiln directing the firing, the kiln will reach a temperature of 1.050 degrees Celsius.

The kiln will also contain two large decorated works, whose shape is based on a C14th lustreware vase from the Alhambra, made by Melchor Tito and decorated by artist Rachid Koraïchi. 

A film produced by two camera teams over the 36 hours of the firing during a night of full moon will document the whole process.

Some of the pieces to be fired at the kiln © Melchor Tito Family


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