Porches Pottery

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Porches Pottery
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Paint & Pottery Studios
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Porches Pottery creates the original and most distinctive handpainted ceramics of the Algarve. This working pottery is a family-run, local business that was founded over 50 years ago by two famous artists; Patrick Swift and Lima de Freitas. It was their dream to show that old crafts and artistic traditions did not have to die in our modern, plastic age. Porches Pottery is now world-famous for its colourful pots and tiles, all made by a small team of talented local artists, many of them trained by the founders. Together they continue a tradition that is thousands of years in the making. All year-round, on any weekday visit, you will see highly skilled artisans at work. Visit Porches Pottery to discover unique, hand made ceramics and take home a truly unique souvenir of Algarve. After your visit, stay and relax, and enjoy a light, refreshing lunch in the beautiful gardens of our Bar Bacchus café.
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1-2 hours
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JoRo989
London, UK6 contributions
Must visit
Jun 2021 • Family
There are many pottery shops in the area but this is the real McCoy - the others trade off the superb reputation and products of this one. Friendly staff, plenty of stock and a great place to stop for a snoop around. I have been retuned many times of a number of years - budget airlines have richly benefited from my overweight luggage. They do offer shipping to the UK..!
Written June 2, 2021
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Cathyjr12
Edinburgh, UK25 contributions
Lovely lunch
Sep 2020 • Family
A really interesting pottery shop with beautiful tiles and crockery. The pottery is much heavier than most we had previously looked at.
We had lunch in the garden and really enjoyed the beautiful ceramic tiles that decorated the outdoor space. Lunch was great freshly made and very tasty. A really enjoyable visit .
Written September 8, 2020
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Thank you for your generous and thoughtful review! So pleased you had a lovely lunch and enjoyed the tiles. These tiles were all painted by the pottery's founder and his daughters, two of whom run the pottery to this day. One of the reasons our pottery is a little heavier is that most pieces are wheel-thrown from clay that is manually sourced here in Portugal. This lack of refinement adds to the charm of the pottery, but also to the weigh a little bit! Look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written September 10, 2020
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Q8020EDwendyr
Wellesley, Canada19 contributions
Hand painted pottery
Feb 2020
The pottery is very good quality, but very expensive. Enjoyed watching two women painting the pottery by hand. Many items available. Decor is beautiful if you like the blues and whites. The little cafe was a highlight. Good food, well priced.
Written March 5, 2020
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Lesterbeach
Winnipeg, Canada4,216 contributions
Hand painted pottery
Feb 2020 • Friends
One of the famous pottery stores in the Algarve. Most pottery is painted in the north but this simply styled pottery is painted on site. Nice attached cafe/ restaurant. Beautiful gardens. A section of seconds at reduced prices.
Written February 20, 2020
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Hi Lester, thank you for your positive review. We have one little correction, all of our pottery - every piece - is painted right here in Porches by our artists, and always has been. For fifty years, we have specialised in painting a wide array of pieces from large decorative pots, tile murals of any scale, to colourful wall plates and a full collection of functional table ware. All of which are hand painted by us right here. There are many other shops, both nearby and further afield, that stock wares from elsewhere - but not us. We are so pleased you had a good visit, thank you for taking the time to write a nice review, and we hope to see you again soon.
Written February 24, 2020
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DivaTravel
Ottawa, Canada189 contributions
Leisurely Lunch Date
Feb 2020 • Couples
What a lovely place. Unlike many other pottery shops in the area, this one is set up like a fancy gallery; with local artists on site; you can watch them hand-painting pieces in a studio area. Parents, please be aware that this shop is not set up to be ideal for small or rambunctious children!
There's also a small attached cozy restaurant and outdoor patio, called Bar Bacchus; decorated with beautiful tile work. Lunch was delicious, and the patio garden area is a serene oasis for grown-ups to enjoy. So leave the kids at home, and treat yourself to this relaxing and sophisticated spot.
Written February 19, 2020
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Thank you DivaTravel, for your kind, lovely review. The shop can probably be a bit daunting with little children, but of course they are always welcome! There are always frogs in the pond or treats in the café! In fact, having been here now for over fifty years, we love that some of our best clients now are the grandchildren of our earliest clients, and that they remember their childhood holidays with visits to the pottery. Hope to see you again soon, and all the best.
Written February 24, 2020
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A.Z.
1 contribution
Outstanding customer service!
Jan 2020
I didn't visit them in person (definitely thinking of going there one day) but ordered a hand-painted plaque online. The process was simple and user-friendly. When the plaque arrived, the workmanship was wonderful, just as I expected, but the artist had made a minor mistake filling my very detailed specifications. I pointed this out to Isabel, who instantly offered to send a replacement free of charge. They actually ended up improving on my original design, and I'm very satisfied. You don't get that kind of commitment to quality anymore. Thank you. Artur
Written February 12, 2020
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Dear Artur, thank you so much for your kind review. We love to hear from our online customers, we are delighted that you had a good experience and I will be sure pass on your message to the artist. We hope you can visit in person some day.
Written February 24, 2020
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SnowdropGinger
Holyhead, UK177 contributions
Stop to Buy Pottery
Jan 2020
We looked up the Porches Pottery online before making the short car trip from Carvoeiro. I already had prior knowledge that the Porches area was well known for pottery. We had a look around and bought 4 small handpainted bowls. Be aware these are much more expensive than the usual pottery that you can buy but the patterns are distinctively different so I thought we'd try this pottery this time around. For a small bowl you can be paying around 12Euros, when the average is 5Euros elsewhere, that having been said, if you want something unique to this pottery, then you have to pay the price.

When we left this pottery, we saw lots of others on the route home, so I am sure it is worth browsing a number of different places to find the styles that you like.

This pottery takes credit cards in common with many and also ships worldwide if needed.
Written February 3, 2020
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Vinetou
Ljubljana, Slovenia633 contributions
Being luck when making a stop for the coffee
May 2019
After visiting the Bengali cave we have started our trip towards Sintra. We have made the first stop at the Porches Pottery. After drinking our coffee in a really beautiful surrounding, we discovered that we are in the heart of the pottery with the very nice shop. We spent much more time there than planned. Highly recommended!
Written December 5, 2019
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Bruce W
Mijas, Spain1,754 contributions
Perusing painted patterns on pottery perfection
Oct 2019
Porches and its pottery can be found about a kilometre and a half from Lagoa along the N125.
Historically, the Algarve has been the focus of attention by a number of civilisations for many hundreds of years, situated as it is on a key trading route for Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans and Moors. Between them they have left behind a comprehensive and artistic deposit of artefacts. Potters were quick to adopt the designs utilised by the many trading visitors and expand their designs accordingly.
In the nearby town of Lagoa local skilled artisans continued these traditions of hand thrown and decorated clay pots. However, little by little, the industry declined and by the 1960s there were but two potters in Lagoa. In 1968 two artists, Patrick Swift and Lima de Freitas, united to share a dream of preserving the skills of creating the handcrafted clay ware and the Olaria Algarve - Porches Pottery was established.
Patrick Swift created the initial designs based on medieval, or older designs, gradually broadening the range to include contemporary forms. The kilns were replaced with more modern units to improve the quality of the clay ware and new glazes were formed to enhance the pottery.
The next generation of Patrick Swift’s family, his daughters Estella and Juliet, continued the development of Porches Pottery, both on the creative and management sides. Now, there are new artisans helping to maintain the traditions of this unique family business.
WE were tempted to join one of the classes, or, workshops that the Pottery offers to visitors on a Saturday, but for us, there just was not enough time to fit everything into a very short visit to Portugal.
In a delightful location adjoining the Pottery is the Baccus Café offering a primarily vegetarian menu that enables you to have enjoyable food in a peaceful setting, along with a glass of wine and/or a cup of coffee.
There is plentiful parking on site and the Pottery is open Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Unfortunately, the access to Porches Pottery is not really suitable for wheelchair users as there are many steps and changes in level.

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Written December 3, 2019
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Douglas M
Mount Vernon, ME490 contributions
Very nice!
Oct 2019
We enjoyed visiting this pottery shop and store along with watching the artists hand paint pottery. They have many shapes, designs, and hand painted colors. I also enjoyed coffee at the cafe.
Written October 30, 2019
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