The factory




Founding of the company

Founding of the ceramics manufacturer Estrela de Conimbriga in the town of Condeixa-a-Nova


School of training and internationalization

Founding of the Ceramic Training School on the factory premises and the start of exports, mainly to the USA


The international market

Entry into the Scandinavian market


The international market

First customers in Bolivia and Russia


Medal of Merit and the first order for Brazil

Awarded the Medal of Merit – Gold Level by the Municipality of Condeixa-a-Nova and the first order for Brazil


International Trade Fair

Participation at the Index Trade Fair – Dubai

Manufacturing Process

Step 1

Everything begins on the arrival of the materials for working the clay. Once the paste has been made it is placed in the die, coming out in small rolls and dispatched to the respective machinery: roller and press, where the clay is shaped.

Step 2

Another manufacturing process involves the excess clay, which when put into the turbo thinner produces a liquid paste which is channeled into the filling section, which contains the product moulds. Once full, the moulds hold the liquid paste for around 90 minutes, and the surplus liquid is then drained off.

Step 3

After a few minutes in the drier the piece is sent to the “jaulles and finishing section”, where it is finished. It is cleaned, washed and its edges are honed. It is then sent to the kiln where it remains for around 24 hours.

Step 4

After leaving the kiln the piece is sent to the oven for the first time, where it remains for around 12 hours at a temperature of 1050 degrees.

Step 5

Next, the painting section comprises several steps: the sketches are made with coal dust and the piece is profiled and given colour.

The principal representation of our 17th century earthenware is the so-called spontaneous and miniature blue and coloured "Desenho miúdo", with fine contours, mainly featuring colourful landscapes with scenarios of animals and sugar cane fields in the centre of the pieces.

Step 6

Once this entire process has been concluded the piece is glazed in one of two manners: Transparent glazing, when the piece is painted first and then glazed in order to obtain a brighter shine;

Opaque glazing, when the process is inverted, resulting in a less intense shine.

Step 7

Once painted, the piece is placed in the oven and baked for around 12 hours. After having been baked all the pieces are submitted to a rigorous quality control process, packaged and delivered to our customers.