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Ceramic specialists at Côrte-Real

Dynamic and adventurous, Ben Howe and Rebbecka Nadrali are itinerant ceramic artists currently creating unique objects in southern Portugal.

Using outdoor wood-fired kilns and traditional Angama and Raku processes, they utilise local clay and ash from almond and olive trees to create the most unusual glazes.

Hand-shaped with skill, no two items are ever alike nor can they be replicated. Like snowflakes, every ceramic  bead is totally unique and every pattern is dextrously applied with care.

The couple travel while making art inspired by the environment and available materials. Last year, based on a narrow boat in southwest England, their ceramics were handsome but less exuberant.

The current display at Galeria Côrte-Real near Paderne reflects their response to the Algarve and the natural wonders they have found here.

Throughout the summer, at weekends, complimentary fine wines and savouries are served to visitors on the gallery’s garden terrace.

Signposted from Boliqueime, Ferreiras and Paderne, the gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, from 11am to 5pm

Call 912 737 762.