BACKGROUNDS AND COLLECTIONS

Background from Pujol i Bausis factory

It covers the full range of materials, ceramic tiles and utensils saved in the compound of the factory since its municipal acquisition in 1984. However, different surveys and subsequent actions have expanded their material background with different types of ceramics (tiles, scales, vents, cornices, molding…) as well as stoneware and porcelain pieces. Note the recovery of varnished tiles and “thin tiles”, produced in the previous steps to the arrival of Jaume Pujol i Bausis. The material range also includes some tools, molds, parts for grinding, refractory baking boxes, balls mills, etc.

In parallel, we should note the existence of the factory’s background documentary deposited in the Municipal Archive of Esplugues. This background provides an opulent and documentary typology with the inclusion of drawings, sketches, projects in watercolor, gouache, pastel… There is also technical documentation, such as climb and a set of stencils and printed catalogs either are of its own or others, and some of the companies are foreigners. You can find more information about the history file in:

Municipal Archive of Esplugues

The Lluís Brú workshop collection

In the year 2000 Esplugues Town Hall acquired the documental & material collection of the artist & mosaic maker Lluís Brú i Salelles, who had collaborative links with the Pujol i Bausis ceramics factory, “La Rajoleta”.

The collection unites three generations of mosaic makers : Lluís Brú i Salelles (Ondara 1868 – Barcelona 1952 ), Josep Brú i Masipó ( Barcelona, 1901 – 1973 ), the second son of the mosaic maker & Lluís Brú i Borrell ( Barcelona 1933 – 1999 ) on whose death the workshop in Enric Granados Street, Barcelona, finally closed.

Through this documental collection, which is stored in the Esplugues Municipal Archive, one can follow the activities of almost one hundred years of an artisanal workshop  which produced a good part of the production used in Catalan Modernism. The collection includes more than 2000 drawings of different types, along with documents which give iconographic support such as different laminates & pieces which served as models of inspiration.

The material collection includes : some mosaics ( such as t he original workshop sign ) & different materials ( tiles, tessel.les …) & tools, which have been donated from a store of work held by Roser Brú, from another banch of the family residing in Mallorca. On the other hand, through a loan agreement with the Catalan National Museum of Art & the Barcelona Ceramics Museum there is a collection of mosaic notices which decorated the facade of the Fonda Marina ( not now in existance ). This building , which is still standing, was built by the architect Enric Sagnier, in the Barceloneta area.

For more information consult the Historical Archive at :

Historical Archive Esplugues

Castells collection

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Background material composed of different tools and some machinery, preceding the Castells pottery, located in Sant Just Desvern.

Modernist collection of Barcelona Ceramic Musem 

Through an agreement with the town hall of Barcelona, there is an assignment for the deposit of one part of the modernist collection of Barcelona Ceramic Museum (now integrated into the Design Museum of Barcelona). The collection is mainly composed of parts made in Pujol i Bausis factory, “La Rajoleta”, but there are others from different backgrounds. The sum total is 4,706 pieces.

The Esplugues’ pieces were ceded by the last owner, Narciso Vallé during the 70s in XX c in the town hall of Barcelona, the years preceding the closure of the factory. Finally, they were intended to the background of Barcelona Ceramic Museum, added to other pieces of the same period and different sources. Some of the various universal and international exhibitions were held in Barcelona.

Biennal ceramic Angelina Alós collection

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They are rewarded pieces that have been granted in each of the editions of the contest. Its origins date back to 1986 when the town hall of Esplugues institutionalized the organization of Ceramics Award “Villa de Esplugues”. First, it was annually, and then every two years. Its aim is to encourage participants to experiment and to rediscover new ways of artistic expression through ceramics.

In memorial to Angelina Alós (Valencia, 1917- Barcelona, 1997), one of the greatest ceramists inalienable to Esplugues city was the reward’s promoter in 1998, within the context of the X edition of the ceramics Biennial. His name wil be given to the event.

Until the 2012 edition, the collection has won 47 rewarded pieces, some of which have been exposed in the Area of Baronda.

Angelina Alós collection 

The artist and ceramist Angelina Alós Tormo (Valencia, 1917 – Barcelona, 1997) has been a leader in the world of contemporary ceramic creation. In addition to its original, wide and varied work, she created a school that trained many generations of ceramists with an acknowledged glamour.

Angelina Alós Tormo kept throughout her life close ties with our population, where she set up her art studio.

In 2009 the artist’s daughter, Blanca Morales Alós gave the Esplugues city 31 works of her mother. Presently the works are exposed publicly in the area of Baronda.

Esplugues city has other works by the artist in San Juan de Dios Hospital, in the parish Church, Santa Magdalena, and in Esplugues’ bridge gardens where took place the ceramic panel with submission “Esplugues: harmony and opening village”.

L’artista i ceramista Angelina Alós Tormo (València, 1917 – Barcelona, 1997) ha estat un referent en el món de la ceràmica de creació contemporània. A més de la seva original, àmplia i variada obra,  va crear escola, ja que va impartir classes a moltes generacions de ceramistes de reconegut prestigi.

Angelina Alós i Tormo mantingué al llarg de tota la seva vida estrets lligams amb la nostra població, on tenia instal·lat el seu taller artístic.
L’any 2009 la filla de l’artista, Blanca Morales Alós va donar a la ciutat d’Esplugues 31 obres de la seva mare que, en l’actualitat, estan exposades públicament a l’Espai Baronda.
La ciutat d’Esplugues té unes altres obres realitzades per l’artista a l’Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu, a l’església parroquial Santa Magdalena  i als jardinets del pont d’Esplugues, on hi ha el plafó ceràmic amb la inscripció “Esplugues vila d’obertura i harmonia”.

Others collections

In this section different pieces from various private donations or purchases related to ceramics and/or interest with Esplugues city.

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