The permanent exhibition, inaugurated in 2003, is primarily up of a selection of pieces from the collection of sample tiles by Salvador Miquel.
Can Tinturé provides a chronological and aesthetic reading of the evolution of the tile show through the course of time, from medieval times to the threshold of industrialization, which is precisely when the origins of factory Pujol i Bausis begin “La Rajoleta”.
The visit begins with an explanation of the purpose of the museum, sample tiles and then the different areas of the exhibition are visited:
1. Salvador Miquel, collector.
Introduction of the character through is tening to a radio interview with Salvador Miquel which is presented interactively.
2. The European connections.
Interactive displays identifying European pottery centres production and trade routes since ancient times.
3. Fire clay and cobalt blue.
The first sample tiles were found in paving from the XII century. Examples of fired clay tiles or decorated pieces with a white tin base and pattern which was mainly blue, painted with a cobalt oxide base. The blue tile became the symbol of the gothic bricks due to its large production.
4. Splendid polychrome.
The Renaissance and Baroque contributed to the use of ceramic colors and new sources of inspiration for the decorative patterns with classical roots. Trade routes facilitated contact with and a taste for Italian pottery, which had spread throughout Europe since the early s. XVI. The sample tiles were present on walls and floors of noble houses and churches.
6. Models of success.
During the eighteen and nineteenth centuries proliferated models that were copied from one workshop to another, which were personalized with the creation of small differences and highlighted its broad composition possibilities. There was an increased use of sample tiles which to households.
In the nineteenth century design simplification occurs. As a result of increased use of tiles by the masses and creates the need to produce faster and more economically, as well as a break with past decorative trends.
8. Return to blue.
Blue, as in the medieval period, is again the most important colour in the XIX century. The blue line stands out on a white background and this second colours gives great luminosity to the small areas which have been decorated whith tiles: kitchens, family areas etc.
9. Selection of Sampler.
The names given to the sample tiles are included in the sample collection, which many ceramist showed to their clients when they were choosing a model.
The artesinal production added small differences to these models, which disappeared which the industrialisation of the process.
The examples of some pieces found in excavations carried out in the grounds of the Pujol and Bausis factory during the years 1999 and 2000 invite us to continue the visit in the Museum of Ceramics “La Rajoleta”.