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The craftsman Bartholomew finalist Bellón National Ceramics Awards 2012 (14/11/2012)

The master potter of Totana, Bartholomew Bellon, was a finalist for the 2012 National Awards to be delivered Ceramics in Madrid on November 30 with the Secretary of State for Trade, Jaime Garcia Legaz in a ceremony to be held at the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

A City Council proposal Totana, the potter totanero compete with five other potters of national importance in the third edition of the awards which will be part of the jury Fundesarte manager, Pablo Velasco, director of the Magazine Ceramics, Antonio Vivas, the director of the School of Ceramics Francisco Alcanara of Madrid, José Manuel Faba, the director of the Museum of Manises (Valencia), Pepe Camps, and the president of the Spanish Association of Cities and Mayor of Totana Ceramics, Isabel Maria Sanchez Ruiz .

Bellón Bartholomew, master potter, has Master Craftsman letter issued by the Ministry of Technology, Trade and Industry in 2000.

In 1999 the pottery was named "Company Centennial by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Murcia in recognition of his work centuries, which has contributed to the economic and social development of the Region of Murcia. Earlier this institutional body handed them in 2001's "Mercury Award for Handicrafts" (Business Development Awards) in recognition of his work and craft business.

According account in your resume, personalities who have been dazzled by the potters of Bartholomew Bellón pieces.

There are many individuals and businesses that have a personal Bellón Bartholomew parts, among others, Carlos Slim, considered by Forbes in 2012 as the world's richest man.

In addition, in 1996 during an exhibition at the Louvre, the son of Pablo Picasso, was amazed by the views that inspired the works of Picasso, Bartholomew Bellon, was held in tribute to Spanish artist.


Bellón Bartolomé Andreo, born in Totana (Murcia) on January 9, 1948.

Account today, with sixty-four years since his father bequeathed him the office he and his brother Diego Bellón Andreo, Bartholomew has led the company from a young Bellón Potters.

This company has its beginnings in the year 1790 (XVIII century).

This brings up the first family member of the family Bellon.

This as a potter in the village of Totana.

It was in 1820 when the family was at the facilities where they currently have their workshop, on the Paseo de las Ollerías, with the particularity that this family is working without interruption on the same site until the day today.

No one can say that this is a company with a long family tradition that has been passed from father to son, and which currently has ensured its continuity with five heirs of all this work and tradition in the world of Pottery, by Bellon both Bartholomew and his brother Diego Andreo Andreo Bellón are the sixth generation.

When I was about seven years began his father, Master Potter Jose Maria Bellon Bellon, to teach the trade.

The unknown at the time that this would be his trade and profession for the rest of his life, he devoted his efforts, knowledge and experience, until today.

The year was 1955, and helped his father in the work of the office, as he did withdraw the pottery on the wheel, among other tasks for their age.

With the difficulty involved the do, mostly because of his size and his age, Bartolomeo evenings Bellon is put on the lathe to make their first things Pottery.

His first experience in doing something he alone were a fish, dolphins and sharks colored earthenware decorated with only eight years.

He himself went to a craft store was in his village (Totana) and sold them all, for it was an experience I never forgot, he was only eight years, manufacturer and trader.

At 9 years left school at the recommendation of his father for help, now, for the whole day in the Potteries and decided, then go to school in the evenings.

At that time I still could not help at all to his Father and remembers that he was wishing for 12 years and so, to help you in everything.

An experience that has not forgotten and will not forget, was his first visit to the workshop that he was a great potter, Pedro Mercedes.

There was a few days and showed him many things he did not know, but more surprising is that several pieces made in around the two together, ie, four hands, was then about 20 years.

During the past century, the Bellon family work in the development of products, which at that time be spent on necessities such as buckets, jars, pots, pans, pots, etc., until Bartholomew Bellon with his father made a first comprehensive restructuring of the company, in order to meet changing customer needs and the market, developing products such as garden pots, planters.

Continuing with this general shift in business strategy and management, in the decade of the 60s, Bartholomew Bellon gave a substantial change in the production of the company, and returned to developing diversified ceramics intended for gift and souvenir.

Later in the 80s the potter began specializing in archaeological reproductions, to reach today, which diversifies its production in the markets of the interior and exterior decoration, lighting, gift and archaeological playback.

It's a strong company philosophy of family, young, dynamic and dedicated to the constant creation of new items.

They expanded their business through specialized marketing through sales agents throughout Spain.

Have been archaeological reproductions and collections intended for decoration and lighting which have led this company is an international leader in sales in different countries.

After many years devoted to pottery for everyday use, the changing times, competition, research into new materials and needs to be competitive decanted Bellón Bartholomew work, your manager, to creation itself.

For over two decades, in addition, the initiative of Bartholomew Bellon, did you decide to create new lines of work, all addressed to innovation and international presence.

Bellon Bartholomew is not considered a business use only, since for this totanero shows his greatest pride is to spread the merits of the craft potter and pottery Murcia between society and to reach wherever their productions.

Its flagship, the Iberian ceramics and archaeological creations.

Iberian tradition ceramics are now a reality thanks to the attention and interest provided by this potter pioneer in Spain in this line.

Bellón Bartholomew began in this regard in the year 1980 when the hand of the Archaeological Museum of Murcia began specializing in Iberian productions and her passion for playing these ceramics.

The work of this master potter does not focus on the pretense of replicating the original parts, their ceramics are not a mere reproduction but Bellón Bartolomé not waive the right to be creating constantly even in its Iberian reproductions.

His views have been the subject of several exhibitions, from its beginnings in the art, for all regional geography, national and international, as the exhibition include "Iberian culture through photography of the century", organized by the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Provincial de Albacete, which during 1999-2000 traveled throughout Spain with the recreation of the "House of Toya".

He has also exhibited his work in the exhibition "The Iberians, Princes of the West", organized by Fundación La Caixa, in the "Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris from October 15, 1997 to January 5, 1998", in the "Cultural Centre Foundation" La Caixa "from January 30 to April 12, 1998, and the" Kust-Und Ausstellungshalle Deustahland, Bonn "from May 15 to August 23, 1998.

He has also participated in the national cultural shows in 1996 through an exhibition at the Louvre, Paris.

There are permanent displays reproductions of his work in ceramics at the Archaeological Museum of Murcia, where all breeding ceramics are Iberian and Roman works of Bartolomé Bellon.

There is also a large collection of prints at the Museum of the Valley (Murcia) in the Iberian city of Cerro de las Cabezas (Valdepeñas) and a theme park this city has over 1,300 pieces.

Also, their views are part of the theme park props "Terra Mitica" in Alicante.

His work is also linked with the world of cinema.

Bellón Bartholomew was responsible in 2004 for carrying out all reproductions of pottery for TVE documentary program "Memory of Spain" for which were made more than 600 pieces of various historical periods, ranging from the Neolithic to the Ceramics Nazari.

Since then, his work has also been part of the props for the production of several feature films and television series of major national chains.

His shows worldwide

This projected draft Potters is international, not only for its exports that conducts its business, but by the projection of their samples through international fairs, exhibitions and fixed, its connection to the film world, the reproduction of pieces for museums, theme parks and visitor centers.

In addition, exposures described above, Bartolomé Bellon has participated in exhibitions and fairs nationally and internationally through his company in order to promote the image of this:

- At the national level: Across the Region of Murcia, in Expohogar Fair (Barcelona), in Construmat (Barcelona), in Horec (Madrid), in Hostelco (Barcelona), at Feria Habitat / Lighting Fair (Valencia ) at the Furniture Fair (Yecla and Madrid), in Farcama (Toledo), among many other fairs lighting, decor, and hospitality.

- Internationally: Las Vegas (USA), Los Angeles (USA), Dubai (UAE), Paris (France) and Frankfurt (Germany).

His innovation and export.

Bellón Potters began its internationalization process in 2000 and at present with U.S. customers, France, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Croatia, Georgia, Cyprus, Kuwait, Morocco, France, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and exchange processing techniques with workshops potters of Finland.

Pedagogical work and collaboration with universities and institutions

One feature of the idiosyncrasies of this Potter is the spirit of renewal, innovation and contribution to culture in general with the work carried out from your business.

So, currently working in collaboration with the Autonomous University of Madrid, with the Archaeological Museum in Murcia, with the Museum of Prehistoric Art of Valencia, the Iberian city of Cerro de las Cabezas (Valdepeñas, Ciudad Real) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona in La Bastida Argárico Reservoir (Totana).

In addition, during his career he has led the company projects related to raising awareness, especially the smaller ones, the greatness of the work of the potter, so what made constant visits to his studio craftsman.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana

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