Tamegroute Pottery

Tamegroute lies in South Morocco, just before the immense Sahara. In the Berber language, Tamegroute means ‘last place before the desert’. The town arose in the 6th century and is one of the oldest towns in Morocco. Within the square, you find 7 ovens, 7 ovens belonging to 7 pottery families. Each family has 1 oven and their own atelier built of clay. Every family member has his or her own task and specialty. The art-form and ability of pottery is carried over between generations. Creating pottery in a signature green shade the craftsmanship and skill is beautifully authentic to the region.

The town arose in the 6th century and is one of the oldest towns in Morocco. Within the square, you find 7 ovens, 7 ovens belonging to 7 pottery families. Each family has 1 oven and their own atelier built of clay. Every family member has his or her own task and specialty. The art-form and ability of pottery is carried over between generations. Creating pottery in a signature green shade the craftsmanship and skill is beautifully authentic to the region.

Tamegroute pottery is a work of art. The entire production process exists out of several steps which are each carried out very carefully. The process begins at the River Draa where potters dig up the clay and brought in carts to the turn-ateliers. In front of each atelier is a pit where the clay is mixed with water. Next, the clay is stretched out on the ground to let the moisture evaporate. An experienced potter knows precisely when the clay is ready to knead.

When the clay is perfect, the potter starts to spin and shape the clay for hours into unique bowls, mugs and serving platters, Since Tamegroute pottery is only baked a single time, the glaze is painted before it enters the oven. The glaze consists of 80% manganese, 19% silicon and 1% copper. The 1% copper together with the clay out of the Draa river-bed is exactly what forms the characteristic green colour. Another type of clay with the same glaze composition would still not provide the same result. In some cases, the copper is replaced with iron oxide to produce more of a brown/olive coloured result.

Once this process is complete the pottery is baked in one of the seven ovens in Tamegroute at a high temperature. The unique process is like no other and each piece produced bares it’s own marks, patterns and traits. The entire process is based on pure craftsmanship. Everything is done through feeling, one that is based on years of experience passed on from father to son for generations. Not a single measuring device or thermometer is ever used.

A Tamegroute pottery piece is completely unique. The unique process is like no other and each piece produced bares it’s own marks, patterns and traits. Tamegroute pottery are true showpieces within the interior of a house. Simple, practical, decorative and made for daily use!