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Back Lisbon: the city built on tiles

Glazed blue ceramic tiles known as azulejo found a home in Portugal centuries ago. Today they have made Lisbon Europe’s unspoken capital of ceramic craftsmanship. In a city that inspires creativity, our itinerary takes you on a journey of discovery encountering artisans and galleries that handcraft and showcase ceramic tableware, interior decoration and tilework.

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1 Museum Museu Nacional do Azulejo Dedicated to Portuguese azulejo, the National Tile Museum features collections of ceramic decorative tiles that span the period from the 16th to the 20th century. Rua da Madre de Deus 4,
1900-312 Lisbon, Portugal
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 13:00/14:00 - 17:00 More
2 Master Artisan Catarina Nunes Ceramicist Inspired by the coasts of England, Japan and the Azores, Catarina Nunes handcrafts contemporary sculptures with a marine theme and an asymmetrical texture. Rua Maria 48,
1170-212 Lisbon, Portugal
By appointment only More
3 Rising Star Maria Ana Vasco Costa Ceramicist With her three-dimensional ceramic sculptures Maria Ana Vasco Costa explores the relationship between visual arts, size and interior space. Address upon request,
Lisbon, Portugal
By appointment only More
4 Shop XVIII Azulejo e Faiança Founded by ceramicist Alberto Bruno and art connoisseur Rodrigo Almeida Dias, XVIII markets vintage and contemporary tiles and allows visitors to watch the process of making ceramic decorations. Largo de Santa Luzia 9,
1100-411 Lisbon, Portugal
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 19:00 More
5 Shop Vista Alegre After 200 years in business, porcelain manufacturer Vista Alegre has made its ceramic tableware and ornaments an integral part of the Portuguese heritage. Largo do Chiado 20-23,
1200-108 Lisbon, Portugal
Daily 10:00 - 20:00 More
6 Master Artisan Bela Silva Ceramicist Blending illustration with ceramics, Bela Silva handcrafts ceramic pots and sculptures, as well as the tile panels that can be spotted at Lisbon’s Alvalade metro station. Address upon request,
1200-484 Lisbon, Portugal
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7 Master Artisan Cécile Mestelan Ceramicist Cécile Mestelan adds a dash of French elegance to her tableware and unique tinted clay objects that mimic Lisbon’s vibrant colour palette. Rua Poiais de São Bento 74,
1200-349 Lisbon, Portugal
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00 More
8 Shop A Vida Portuguesa Established by former journalist Catarina Portas, A Vida Portuguesa is a compilation of interior decorations and tiles, each with a unique connection to the Portuguese community. Chiado, Rua Anchieta 11,
1200-023 Lisbon, Portugal
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 20:00 and Sunday 11:00 - 20:00 More
9 Master Artisan Margarida Fernandes Ceramicist Embracing rustic kitchen style, Margarida Fernandes slip casts minimalist traditional kitchen items, including butter and soap dishes, servers, plates and jars. Lx Factory, Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103,
1300-501 Lisbon, Portugal
By appointment only More