Jorge da Conceição - Ceramics by Jorge da Conceição
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Estremoz (Portugal) certified clay figures

Figures hand modelled in red clay, fired and polychromed, using traditional techniques and materials.

Craftmanship of Estremoz clay figures is classified as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

Portfolio
Featured Work
Nativity Scenes
Images of Saint Anthony
Images of Our Lady
Images of Saints
Scenes from the life and passion of Christ
Allegorical figures
Allegorical fig. - Love is Blind
Rural labour activities
Traditional crafts
Domestic activities
Whistles
Portugalities
Contemporary figures
Jorge da Conceição
Biography

I was born in Estremoz, a Portuguese town in Alentejo province, in 1963. I am a descendant of the main family that developed the terracotta artisanship in Estremoz. My grandfather, Mariano da Conceição, contributed decisively in the 1930s to recover the art, almost lost by that time, of producing the traditional figures from Estremoz called "Bonecos de Estremoz". My mother, Maria Luisa da Conceição, was one of the main ceramists who produced these traditional local figures and that most contributed to its disclosure.

From my early years I have learned the techniques and the art of modelling clay. I kept producing figures, while studying Engineering, until the age of 21. In my youth I have participated in several group exhibitions in Portugal. Although I hadn’t any business purpose, I sold some works to private collectors and to the Municipal Museum of Estremoz. When I completed my degree in Engineering I started a professional career in Consulting and for 25 years I interrupted my work in ceramics.

In late 2012 I left the consulting business and at last I’ve decided to dedicate myself to the development of my ceramist profile.

Since 2013 I work exclusively in ceramics in my studio located in Lisbon. The figures I make are in polychrome terracotta using the techniques of figurative ceramic from Estremoz drawing inspiration not only in the traditional local figures but also from other areas of European art.

Since then I have participated in several group exhibitions and I have presented my first solo exhibition in January 2014. In July 2014 I participated for the first time at the International Fair of Lisbon Crafts (FIA 2014) and was awarded the 1st Prize in the Traditional Craft contest.

Contacts
Studio Address:
Largo do Andaluz nº2, Lisboa
Telephone :
(00351) 933 803 566
Exhibitions and Events
December 2018 - Award - Highlighted
Jorge da Conceição obtains the certification
Estremoz clay figures produced by Jorge da Conceição obtain the classification of Certified Product
December 2017 - Award - Highlighted
UNESCO Classification
UNESCO classifies craftmanship of Estremoz clay figures as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
November 2018 - Exhibition
Exhibition of Nativity scenes; December 2018; Estremoz (Portugal)
XII Craftsmen Exhibition of Nativity scenes from Estremoz.
September 2018 - Exhibition
Handicraft Fair of Pombal
Participation in the handicraft fair of Pombal (Portugal).
June 2018 - Exhibition
FIA 2018
Participation in the International Fair of Lisbon Crafts.
May 2018 - Exhibition
Estremoz clay figures by Jorge da Conceição; Ovar (Portugal)
Individual exhibition at the Museum of Ovar (Portugal).
November 2017 - Exhibition
Exhibition of Nativity scenes; December 2017; Estremoz (Portugal)
XI Craftsmen Exhibition of Nativity scenes from Estremoz.
March 2017 - Exhibition
Figurative Ceramics by Jorge da Conceição; Covilhã (Portugal)
Individual exhibition at the Museum of Sacred Art in Covilhã (Portugal).
December 2016 - Exhibition
The Art of Cribs; December 2016; Montijo (Portugal)
Exhibition of Nativity scenes.
November 2016 - Exhibition
Exhibition of Nativity scenes; December 2016; Estremoz (Portugal)
X Craftsmen Exhibition of Nativity scenes from Estremoz.
July 2016 - Exhibition
ROOTS - Jorge da Conceição; July to September 2016; Fátima (Portugal)
Large exhibition with works from Jorge da Conceição and his predecessors.
June 2016 - Award
Honourable Mention - FIA 2016
I received the Honour Award in the Traditional Craft contest at the International Fair of Lisbon Crafts (FIA 2016) with the work “The Adoration of the Magi”.
June 2016 - Exhibition
FIA 2016
Participation in the International Fair of Lisbon Crafts.
December 2015 - Exhibition
Exhibition of Nativity scenes; December 2015; Estremoz (Portugal)
IX Craftsmen Exhibition of Nativity scenes from Estremoz.
June 2015 - Exhibition
FIA 2015
Participation in the International Fair of Lisbon Crafts.
November 2014 - Exhibition
Exhibition of Nativity scenes; December 2014; Estremoz (Portugal)
VIII Craftsmen Exhibition of Nativity scenes from Estremoz.
July 2014 - Exhibition
The Saint Elisabeth Queen of Portugal thematic exhibition; July 2014; Estremoz (Portugal)
Group exhibition with works made by craftsmen from Estremoz.
July 2014 - Award
1st Prize in the Traditional Craft contest at FIA 2014
I was awarded the 1st Prize in the Traditional Craft contest at the International Fair of Lisbon Crafts (FIA 2014)
June 2014 - Exhibition
FIA 2014
Participation in the International Fair of Lisbon Crafts.
January 2014 - Exhibition
Exhibition of Ceramics by Jorge da Conceição; January to March 2014; Estremoz (Portugal)
My first solo exhibition with works from 2012 onwards.
December 2013 - Exhibition
Exhibition of Nativity scenes; December 2013; Estremoz (Portugal)
VII Craftsmen Exhibition of Nativity scenes from Estremoz.
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