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SECLA (Portugal)

Post by R.Ferrao on Sat May 28, 2011 4:50 pm

SECLA was born in Caldas da Rainha, one of the main places for pottery in Portugal, in 1947, and it's now sadly closed.
SECLA stands for "Sociedade de Exportação e Cerâmica, Lda." wich means that most of the pieces were destinated to the foreign market, especialy the USA and the UK.

In the beginning of the 50s, SECLA opened a pottery studio where artists could experiment new shapes and techniques.
These plaques were made in the studio, by Ferreira da Silva, one of the most important ceramists of the XX century in Portugal.

16X16X3 cm







15X15X2 cm








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More Ferreira da Silva plaques

Post by R.Ferrao on Sat May 28, 2011 5:04 pm

I have this set of plaques and I would like to attach them to a wood board so I can display them on a wall.
Can someone give me a suggestion about how to do it? If I use glue, what kind of glue should I use not to damage the plaques?






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More information on Ferreira da Silva tiles

Post by R.Ferrao on Mon May 30, 2011 6:54 pm

Here is a page from a 1960 american magazine showing concerns about what are the next Design trends.
At the down right corner you can see a note about the SECLA exhibition at The Architectural League of New York.



These pictures shows aspects of the exhibition, the entrance and the window outside.







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Varig (Brazilian airlines) ashtrays

Post by R.Ferrao on Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:07 am

Varig (Brazilian airlines) ashtray designed by Ferreira da Silva.
Here we have two examples, the one with the matte black finishing it's from an earlier period.

15x7,5x3 cm











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Re: SECLA (Portugal)

Post by R.Ferrao on Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:13 am

In this factory catalogue page from c.1955 we can see one of the first trays that later was addapted and became the Varig ashtray, and also some vase shaped lamps.


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50s Tray

Post by R.Ferrao on Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:28 am

Exactly the same size as the Varig ashtrays.


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Vase shaped lamp

Post by R.Ferrao on Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:39 am

These vase shaped lamps were produced after Ferreira da Silva models and show a raised landscape of the small fishing village of Nazaré.














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Jug or candlestick

Post by R.Ferrao on Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:03 pm

On the same catalogue page we can see a candlestick, it looks as it can also be used as a jug.
Here we have a pair of diferent sizes.








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Coffee House liqueur containers

Post by R.Ferrao on Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:27 pm

During the 50s and 60s SECLA produced large number of containers to Coffee House liqueur, a product of the Virgin Islands that was imported and sold in the US market. These handpainted containers were made in three diferent colour combinations and two sizes:
11 cm and 30 cm.
Now they commonly appear described as bud vases.











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Hansi Staël (1913-1961)

Post by R.Ferrao on Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:51 pm

Hansi Staël (1913-1961) was a Hungarian painter that came to Portugal after the War and was one of the founders 8along with Ferreira da Silva) of Estúdio SECLA, a workshop established at the back of the factory, where the most interesting studio pottery pieces were produced.
Staël colaborated with SECLA from 1950 to 1957, and she died in London four years later.

This jug is 18 cm x 24 cm and it's made c.1955 after a shape hand thrown by her, several variations with diferent designs were made.












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More Hansi Staël

Post by R.Ferrao on Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:08 pm

The same shape and size from a 1955 catalogue.



A similar shape c.1950.



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Re: SECLA (Portugal)

Post by bones on Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:20 pm

Hi, this is my 1st post (anywhere!). I was googling Secla and came upon your forum. I may be a bit late but thought i´d send this anyway. It´s regarding fixing FdaS tiles to a wood surface. I recently fixed a similar panel (not as good as yours) to a board. I used MDF because I had some lying around and because it has a pretty smooth finish I scored it heavily (manically) with a craft knife. I then used a silicone based mastic(?). It´s not "no nails" as they eventually dry out and become brittle. Silicone will remain flexible. If necessary it can be cut away with a craft knife and the excess carefully removed from the tile`s back. I personally have no intention of removing mine from their base and have other examples of FDS backstamps and was more worried as to how to fix the whole panel to the wall. It weighs a ton (36 tiles in total). Anyways I don´t know if any of this helps and hopefully have not commited "sacrilege". When i´ve worked out how to do it, i´ll upload photos of the panel and some other Secla pieces, regards.

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Re: SECLA (Portugal)

Post by R.Ferrao on Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:20 am

bones wrote:Hi, this is my 1st post (anywhere!). I was googling Secla and came upon your forum. I may be a bit late but thought i´d send this anyway. It´s regarding fixing FdaS tiles to a wood surface. I recently fixed a similar panel (not as good as yours) to a board. I used MDF because I had some lying around and because it has a pretty smooth finish I scored it heavily (manically) with a craft knife. I then used a silicone based mastic(?). It´s not "no nails" as they eventually dry out and become brittle. Silicone will remain flexible. If necessary it can be cut away with a craft knife and the excess carefully removed from the tile`s back. I personally have no intention of removing mine from their base and have other examples of FDS backstamps and was more worried as to how to fix the whole panel to the wall. It weighs a ton (36 tiles in total). Anyways I don´t know if any of this helps and hopefully have not commited "sacrilege". When i´ve worked out how to do it, i´ll upload photos of the panel and some other Secla pieces, regards.

Hi Bones, thanks for the message, not late at all. I suppose you are portuguese but we have to keep on posting in english or nobody will understand. Shock - I hope this is not the sound of the panel falling off the wall...
It would be great to see your SECLA pieces, we'll be waiting! Jumping For Joy

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Parts of tea and coffee sets - 1950s

Post by R.Ferrao on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:05 pm

I'm trying to complete these sets but the pieces are difficult to find as they were not produced in large quantities.














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Ferreira da Silva plaque on Miller's guide

Post by R.Ferrao on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:38 pm

http://www.millersantiquesguide.com/items/145692/portuguese-secla-studio-pottery/

Somewhat inflated...

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