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“La Rajoleta” Ceramic Museum

Description Practical information

The Pujol i Bausis factory, now a museum, was a point of reference in the ceramic production in Catalonia and one of the most important Modernist factories. Visitors can see five different types of kilns and follow the evolution of the ceramic industry through several finished products.

The visit

The kilns and other elements of interest of what was once the top Modernist ceramic factory in Catalonia can now be visited in “La Rajoleta” Ceramic Museum, formerly known as Hijo de Jaime Pujol i Bausis Ceramic Factory. The visit includes a technological journey showing different types of kilns for cooking ceramics, from the spectacular exterior bottle ovens to the Arab kilns in which hundreds of tiles and other architectural pieces were fired.

During this route we will also encounter samples of some pieces fired in the factory and still to be found in such emblematic locations as the Hospital de Sant Pau and Parc Güell. The visit ends in the space dedicated to mosaic artist Lluís Brú, author of notable designs of ceramic wall tiles and mosaics produced in Esplugues during the Modernist era.

History

From the 1850s to 1876 the factory underwent different stages and changes of hands, until Jaume Pujol i Bausis took over the business, marking the start of stable production of high-quality ceramics thanks to the modernized manufacturing process.

Its apogee coincided with Catalan Modernism. At this point, under the direction of Jaume’s son Pau Pujol i Vila, the factory collaborated with the main architects of the time, including Antoni Gaudí, Puig i Cadafalch, Domènech i Montaner, Antoni Marià Gallisà and Josep Maria Jujol.

Between 1913 and 1919 the largest extension was added to the factory, including the two majestic bottle ovens. This revolutionary extension led to a significant increase in production capacity and the incorporation of new products such as gres and porcelain.

After the Civil War (1936-1939), the company became a public limited company, Cerámicas Pujol y Baucis S.A. From then on new lines of production were started and  ceramic products were commercialized until the factory finally closed. In the 1980s, Esplugues Town Council acquired the factory building and grounds, popularly known as “La Rajoleta”.

Timetable

Guided visits every Sunday at 11 am and 1 pm

Other timetables available for groups by appointment:

Tuesdays to Saturdays from 5 pm to 8 pm

Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10 am to 2 pm

Closed every Monday


Address

C. Església, 36 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

Contact

93 470 02 18
museus@esplugues.cat