Red clay is the most traditional material in Portuguese ceramics. It is made from local soils, turned on the potter's wheel, and hand-painted with different motifs depending on the region. The pieces shown here all come from Alentejo in the south of Portugal. The region is agricultural and has retained its original character. Established potteries can be found in the villages, but more and more young people are returning to the region to combine the old ways with their new designs.