Posted 10 years ago
"Portomarinica" is one of the most succesfull designs ever made by Castro/Sargadelos. It takes it's name from the Galician churh of San Juan de Portomarín, a Romanesque church in Galicia, from where the checkers decoration in this set is taken from. It was first designed in 1968, originally as a tabletop set with dishes, soup bowl, coffe pot, tepot, cps and saucers... but in time -and for short periods- many other items were designed for the range (table lamps, hanging lamps... and many other things. This ashtray set is one of those.
Its designer, Isaac Díaz Pardo, was a true visionary. Born in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (North West of Spain) and son of a painter and stage designer, he studied Fine Arts in Madrid. He soon left art to focus on ceramics (creating Cerámicas de Castro in Galicia and Porcelana de La Magdalena in Argentina) and design. He's also famous for some amazing anthropomorphic chairs (http://numero313.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/1000797.jpg).
On the fourth pic you can see a coffee set from the Portomarinica series (which is now commercialized abroad as Portomarinico... who knows why!). My mother's got this set and I remember she always used it on special occasions when she had relatives or friends at home... I've told her a thousand times it's got to be mine someday, and it will!!!