Barrística is the Art in clay, expression that includes figurative modeling and pottery, with deep traditions in Portugal. Examples of it are Galo de Barcelos, or the phallic potery of Caldas da Rainha. Also the figurines of Estremoz (which has recently been classified by UNESCO as World Intangible Cultural Heritage) have strong foundations since the 18th century, Many contemporary Portuguese artists explore new expressions in this continuity. Tiago Cabeça is one of the most awarded, artists, in this art form in Portugal. Aldeia da Terra - the most caricatural village of portugal, besides being classified as Cultural Interest project by the Ministry of Culture, is a tribute to this centenary Portuguese art, in the form of a comic strip in clay in three dimensions. Sensitive, irreverent and full of good humor. This visit and modeling baptism, specialy for children and familys its a simple but unique memory and experience.
The visit to Aldeia da Terra, if for adults is already a time full of color, magic and charm, for children is a temptation. The more than two thousand pieces that compose the collection of this exhibition and artistic universe of this author are certainly an inspiration. To put hands in the clay and to try the expression is a simple moment but full of meaning, mainly if shared between parents and children. The 45 minutes experience includes 250gr of clay, per participant, and the tools are available on-site. The Art piece made by each one can be taken home, so as to remember with more affection this amazing visit.