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Hands on Azores Crafts

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Hands on is a project for the creation of routes and artisanal experiences to promote activities and short workshops, offering to promote the handicraft production units of the Azores and putting the public in direct contact with the know-how and unique techniques of regional identity.

More than 100 workshops from different artisanal areas spread over nine islands are part of the itineraries. To find a workshop to visit, simply look for the signage. Whether you are organizing your trip, vacation, work, or an event, whether you are a small or larger group, you can choose an Azorean Craft experience and enjoy the islands, challenging your creativity and learning techniques and traditional knowledge from local artisans.

Routes

TIPO Um Encontro de Impressores Tipográficos
TIPO is a road map that will take the participants on a trip that will cover some of the island's reference sites of the typographic activity, from the one where traditional typography is still correctly used, to the one of(...)
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António Santos – Santos e Tradição
António Santos, when acquiring about 600 molds over 60 years old from the master Arsénio Moniz, from whom he was an apprentice, began his activity as a ceramic figurine maker. He later attended various trainings, thus continuing the work of(...)
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Centro Social e Cultural da Atalhada
Centro Social e Cultural da Atalhada (Social and Cultural Center of Atalhada) was born in 1997 and took over the project "Combating Poverty" based on the creation of a network of workshops and the creation of a multi-service cooperative (in(...)
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Elga Martin
Elga Martin is a teacher specializing in visual arts and has developed the art of modeling and engrave paper, performing various artistic workshops for children and exhibitions with the works from there. She participated in several competitions on the theme(...)
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Casa Da Mata
Maria Silveira produces handicrafts using vegetal fibers as raw materials. She creates flowers with bulrush, tabua, dragon tree leaf and corn leaf, sometimes dyed or in its natural color, giving a very unique touch in her compositions, being decorative pieces(...)
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Dinis Batista
Dinis Baptist dedicates himself to the manufacture of Azorean ethnographic miniatures, linked to various traditional arts and crafts and to the rural life. There are the clogs, the “fiadeira”, the press, the oxcart, among others, made with great detail and(...)
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Olaria Mestre João da Rita
Rui Rodrigues was born into a family of potters and currently he not only creates figurines in pottery, especially ethnographic representations of ancient crafts, as well as household miniature pieces, typical of Vila Franca do Campo.   Opening Hours: Monday(...)
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Anne Bruyere
Her connection with nature and, mainly, with plants, led Anne Bruyere to work, exclusively, in the production of paper from plants. She produces various types of paper, using, only, vegetable fibers such as vegetables, tree leaves, wild plants, tree barks(...)
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Maria José Damião
Maria José Damião dedicates herself to painting decorative pieces in porcelain, especially in miniatures, using exquisite floral motifs full of detail.   Opening Hours: Service by appointment. Address: Rua de São Gonçalo, Nº84 9500-110 Ponta Delgada (Map) Phone: 296701240/962627353 Produtos: Vases,(...)
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Casa de Trabalho do Nordeste
The Casa de Trabalho e Proteção à Juventude Feminina do Nordeste (House of Labor and Protection of Youth of the Female Sex of Nordeste) was created in 1942 in order to welcome and assist young women. This house is dedicated(...)
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Sandra Ferraz
Sandra Ferraz is an artisan who develops her work around the typical Christmas Cribs in “lapinha”, characteristic of the island of São Miguel. This artisan creates her own figurines that integrate a range of natural materials such as flowers, whelks,(...)
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Casa dos Moinhos do Artesanato
The Casa dos Moinhos do Artesanato is an old house, with two mills, one of wheat and one of corn, which were in operation until 2008. Currently, it is open to the public, where you can see an exhibition of(...)
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Pele e Osso – Fábio Oliveira
Fábio learned the art of working the leather with his mother. Over the past few years, he developed the interest and taste in this area, adding a bit of irreverence and creativity, he began to create unique and original pieces.(...)
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Adelino Morgado – Queijadas da Vila
The recipe of “Queijadas da Vila” was created by the nuns from the old St. Andrew's Convent, in Vila Franca do Campo. These “queijadas” whose main ingredient is milk, is one of the most emblematic conventual sweets of the island(...)
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Randal Gladwin
Randal Gladwin gain the taste for aromatic herbs still young, while living in Bermuda, specializing in this area. In 2002, already in the Azores, he decided to devote himself to planting aromatic and medicinal herbs using traditional methods. His crops(...)
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Quintal dos Açores
"Quintal dos Açores" is a small family business, founded in 1997 by Fernando Sousa and Helena Sousa, who have prospered and diversified their products, for nearly two decades. With crop fields of their own they produce a wide variety of(...)
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Casa e Objectos
Gabriela Faria is a young entrepreneurial artisan who opened her shop in the town of Ribeira Grande, where you can find her unique and original “Lapinha” Christmas cribs, made with dried mushrooms. The artisan also creates small textile décor objects(...)
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Isabel Roque Atelier
Isabel Roque created her atelier in 2008 and since then many are the projects developed by this designer from the Azores. She did her internship at the Blay Punt-company, stores Cotó/Cotó in Barcelona in 1999-2000. In 2007, she developed a(...)
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Susana Nunes Jorge
Susana Nascimento produces, above all, costume jewelry and other decorative pieces trough glass fusion. Exploring the particular characteristics of glass such as color and transparency, she creates small pieces through the fascinating process of assembly/transformation of the glass by the(...)
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Jeremias Silva Tavares
Jeremias Tavares is a craftsman dedicated to the art of working glass, glass fusion, in a more contemporary aspect. He develops decorative and utilitarian pieces, highlighting the lamps of various shapes and types. The bijouterie is also part of its(...)
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Receita da Vida – Bolos Lêvedos LDA
“Bolo lêvedo” is a typical handmade product from Furnas. Maria da Glória Moniz founded Receita da Vida – Bolos Lêvedos, LDA., in 1989. Initially considered a small production, currently with commitment and dedication, Maria da Glória, develops an exponential commercialization(...)
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Açor Arte
Jacinta Teixeira dedicates herself to manual weaving, mainly cotton fabric and wool, where the pattern used is essentially plain or striped, gives an enormous simplicity to their handicraft products. Currently has its trademark with the name "Açor Arte". Opening Hours:(...)
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António Hilário
António Hilário is an artisan who builds and restores all type of furniture with great expertise. He dedicates himself to carpentry and joinery, using various types of wood.   Opening Hours: Service by appointment. Address: Estrada Regional – Pico Vermelho,(...)
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Paulo do Vale
Paulo do Vale created his brand in 1999. Under the name of "black gold of the Azores," Paulo Vale produces jewelry, combining basalt with gold and silver. The design and contemporary jewels have earned the recognition at various levels, not(...)
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Ana Amélia Bairos
Ana Bairos distinguishes above all, in her handicraft works the flowers made of various materials, including wax, fish scales and corn leaf. These are some of the raw materials that she dominates with technical rigor and high aesthetic sense. Opening(...)
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João Furtado
João Furtado is dedicated to the production of pieces in basalt, mostly related to the religious universe, producing candleholders, church benches and Holy Spirit crowns.   Opening Hours: Service by appointment. Address: Rua Santa Rosa, Lote 11, Ribeirinha 9600-314 Ribeira(...)
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Cooperativa Celeiro da Terra
The Cooperativa Celeiro da Terra was founded in 1998, in the County of Povoação, in order to promote the access to training and professional integration, support the work of local artisans and producers and to the marketing of handicraft products.(...)
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Cooperativa de Artesanato e Solidariedade Social Senhora da Paz
The Cooperativa de Artesanato e Solidariedade Social Senhora da Paz was founded in 1997, developing craft works in several areas, such as embroidery, fish scale and pottery. However, it is mostly in the gold embroidery that this Cooperative stands out,(...)
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Fábrica de Cerâmica Vieira
Vieira Ceramics Factory was founded in the 19th century, and was the first ceramics factory of the Azores. This factory produces decorative and utilitarian chinaware and tiles, using artisanal processes, from modeling to painting, with very characteristic drawings, in which(...)
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Oficina – Museu das Capelas
The Workshop - Museum of Capelas was founded in 1998 by Manuel João Melo. This is an ethnographic museum where you can see a private collection of pieces related to Traditional arts and crafts of the Azores. In this workshop(...)
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Maria Olívia Peixoto Leite
Maria Olívia Leite is heir to the family recipe of the famous "Queijadas da Vila", which constitute the most emblematic sweet of the island of São Miguel. Created from a centuries-old recipe, “Queijadas da Vila” are smooth, juicy and sweet,(...)
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Tecelagem O Linho
Maria de Lurdes Lindo, opened her studio and shop/store in 1999, where she dedicates herself to the production of weaving and where she administers classes. She creates various works in the traditional technique of weaving like in the case of(...)
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A Folha de Milho
Paulo Melo produces handicraft works using as raw material the leaves lining the cobs and the beards of corn, highlighting especially the dolls, whose collection has a huge variety of designs. In Ribeira dos Caldeirões, in the parish of Salga,(...)
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Eduardo Manuel Moreira Borges Câmara
Eduardo Câmara is a multifaceted craftsman who creates Azorean handicraft pieces connected to religious-popular themes. In addition to the production of “Registos do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres”, Eduardo Câmara also creates its own figurative ceramics for traditional nativity scenes(...)
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Mário dos Reis Rodrigo, LDA
Mário dos Reis Rodrigo Lda., a family business, has dedicated several decades to the manual confection of embroidery in linen fabrics, having, has a goal, the continuation of the tradition. The typical shades of blue on linen are the basis(...)
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O Quadradinho
Maria Cristina Borges is a multifaceted artisan, working in various areas of handicrafts, such as fish scale, ceramics and tiles in a traditional aspect or in a more contemporary aspect. In ceramics, she produces pottery pieces and others glazed in(...)
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InnOVare-artesanato
Born in Porto and resident in São Miguel, the self-taught Ondina Vieira started with her costume jewelry works with volcanic stone in 2008. Being an arts and crafts lover, she decided to use raw materials of the region in contemporary(...)
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Cooperativa de Artesanato Terceira Arte, CRL
The Cooperative of Handicrafts Terceira Arte began its activity on 26 of March of 2012, in order to promote and market local crafts. Soon, it brought together a group of craftsmen in areas as diverse as the art of working(...)
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Os meus trapos
Adelina Aguiar is an artisan who is dedicated essentially to patchwork, also known, in the Island of Terceira, as "crazy work". She has her store in Duque de Bragança Market, in Angra do Heroísmo, since 2017, where you can find(...)
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António Mota
António Mota started to learn how to play guitar and “Viola da Terra”. Later, motivated by the  music and art of his grandfather, building string instruments, he decides to learn, with great skill and precision, continuing the family tradition, and(...)
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Narciso Lopes
Narciso Lopes carries on his craft of carpenter and joiner, for almost 40 years, creating and restoring various craft items, using regional woods like acacia, cryptomeria, cedar from Buçaco, plathymenia, eucalyptus, pine and rosebush. He began his craft activity not(...)
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Aldevina Serpa
Aldevina Serpa is an artisan dedicated to the production of embroidery, lace and patchwork. The patchwork stands out of all her handicraft works, better known on the island of Terceira as "trabalhos loucos” (crazy works), for the imagination and perfection.(...)
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Benditos Pormenores
Madalena Costa created in 2012, the brand Benditos Pormenores. This artisan combines ecological awareness to the different materials used, such as coffee capsules, fish scales, semi-precious stones, to an avant-garde originality. All her pieces are unique and original. Opening Hours:(...)
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Pastelaria “O Forno”
Ana Costa is the heir of the famous “Lusa” pastry shop, which for decades remained the meeting place of the bourgeoisie, of the first half of the 20th century, in a cosmopolitan city such as Angra. In this pastry shop,(...)
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Cooperativa de Artesanato do Ramo Grande do Cabo da Praia
Formed in 1995, the Great Branch Crafts Cooperative Cape Beach was born in order to promote, encourage and revive the craft production, in areas such as weaving, hand embroidery, sewing. There is the production of majestic party costumes, particularly for(...)
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Olaria de São Bento
Ricardo Simas is the sole representative of traditional pottery from the island of Terceira that has continued this workshop or stall at S. Bento. He produces several typical pieces, namely the “Alcatra” bowl, awakening the cultural and tourist interest on(...)
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Arte e Ponto Atelier
Mercês Sampaio is an embroiderer of excellence, dedicated not only to the typical white embroidery from the island of Terceira, characteristic by the richelieu, eyelets, full and buttonholes stitches, but also to the embroidery in “matiz”. On Linen she borders(...)
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Artesanato Paulo Pereira
Paulo and Lúcia Pereira are dedicated to the manufacturing of wooden miniatures, symbolizing ethnographic, bullfighting and children's scenes. Opening Hours: Service by appointment. Address: Estrada Regional ao Marco, 20, Feteira 9700-351 Angra do Heroísmo (Map) Phone: 295662864/969569001 Email: art_paulopereira@hotmail.com Site:(...)
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Azulart
Maria Aurelia Rocha manufactures ceramics, shaped on the potter's wheel and hand-painted, being one of the few artisans to produce the typical dishware from the island of Terceira, combining the traditional to the contemporary. His work stands out for its(...)
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João Pereira & Filhos, LDA
Since the 90’s, João Pereira & Filhos, Lda., is dedicated to the manufacture of manual regional embroidery, a job that requires a lot of expertise. Influenced by various techniques, such as the Richelieu, eyelet, full and buttonhole stitches, presenting a(...)
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Manuel Azevedo
Manuel De Azevedo dedicates himself to the production of wooden ethnographic miniatures. His pieces represent everyday life scenes and antique traditional customs, in particular, agricultural implements, the process of working the land and their cultures, the pig slaughter and the(...)
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A Loja da Margarida
Margarida Neves creates varied pieces for the daily use in patchwork, most known as "crazy work", by its imagination and perfection. Her work distinguishes itself by the profusion of color and the richness of the fabrics. In her store –(...)
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Osvaldo Inácio
Osvaldo Inácio produces its handmade pieces inspired by the history and customs of the whaling village of Lajes do Pico, because, despite the regional dimension of whaling it was on the island of Pico that the cultural complex of whaling(...)
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Cooperativa Desafios da Montanha
The Cooperativa Desafios da Montanha was established in 2009 in order not only to produce, market and divulge the traditional activity of the population of the island of Pico, in different sectors, but also to promote the handicraft culture and(...)
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Adega “A Buraca”
Leonardo Silva dedicates himself to the production of wines, liqueurs, spirits, jams and sweets. “A Buraca" is a wine tourism project, which in addition to the store has a cooper's workshop, a blacksmith tent, workshops related to straw, wool and(...)
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Fernanda Sousa
Fernanda Sousa makes various types of embroidery pieces, especially in hue using traditional themes such as the maidenhair and contemporary such as Pico’s landscapes. This artisan also is dedicated to lace, a typical handicraft product of the islands of Pico(...)
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Escola Regional de Artesanato de Santo Amaro
Alzira and Conceição Neves founded in 1986, the Regional Crafts School of Santo Amaro. They are the directors and teachers of the school whose main function is to teach, divulge and revive the traditional production in different areas of handicraft.(...)
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Camilo Costa
The handicraft pieces of Camilo Costa are representative of the inspiration that he has for the sea and whaling. He created a space not only for selling his products, but also a place where you can observe the entire production(...)
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Abel Gonçalves
Abel Gonçalves grew up in the middle of a family of carpenters, where, from an early age, founded simple cedar trunks and turn them into utensils of day-to-day use, which caused him to also execute small woodworks. Since the 80’s(...)
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Filomena Maria Melo Goulart Cardoso
Filomena Cardoso has the confection of lace as her main activity, which for its high quality are under the collective brand “Artesanato dos Açores” (Handicrafts of the Azores), therefore products with certificate of origin. Typical of Pico and Faial, laces(...)
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Manuel Alves Gonçalves
Manuel Gonçalves dedicates his craft activity to the creation of miniatures linked to the history of the whaling village of Lajes do Pico. The objects that he executes are made from the teeth of sperm whales and whale bone, according(...)
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Picoartes
The handicraft works of Picoartes are created by the artisan Maria Lucília Goulart. In this handicraft production unit stands out the typical lace from the island of Pico, characterized by floral, geometric and figurative elements, which give birth to various(...)
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Pastelaria Aromas & Sabores
In "Aromas & Sabores", you can find the most typical sweets, creations of the artisan Vânia Pereira, who during her childhood learned the art of confectionery with her grandmother. The "Queijadas Vila Baleeira” (Whaling Village cake), the “Bolo Baleeiro” (Whaler’s(...)
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Adufes Rui Silva
Os Adufes Rui Silva nascem em 2013 e são resultado de um extenso trabalho de investigação junto de adufeiras e artesãos tradicionais, nomeadamente de Idanha-a-Nova e do Paúl. Os Adufes Rui Silva aliam a tradição e a inovação de uma(...)
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Azulejos da Ponta da Ilha
Isabelle Clerc lives in Pico since 2017, where she set up a small family workshop. She learned in Lisbon some painting techniques of the traditional Azulejaria Portuguesa and she likes to work in figurative painting to tell stories through her(...)
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Barro & Barro
Maria Johanna Vermazeren dedicates herself to the design of ceramic pieces, using red or white clay, molding only by hand or using the potter's wheel, reinterpreting ancestral combustion techniques such as raku, slow exposition to fire combined with glaze or(...)
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Panificação Urzelinense
“Espécies”, typical sweets of the island of São Jorge, owes its name to the variety of spices containing such as fennel, cinnamon and allspice.. The Bakery “Urzelinense” began its activity in 1969, passing from generation to generation in order to(...)
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Dulçores – Panificação e Doçaria, LDA
Sara Marques and Carla Silveira founded Dulçores in 2010, which is dedicated to the production of handmade sweets. With the idea of bringing traditional products beyond, this small business manufactures a wide range of sweets, from the “massa sovada” (sweet(...)
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Padaria, Pastelaria Maria Alice Sousa
Maria Alice began making the traditional “Espécies”, typical of the island of São Jorge, when she was around 12 years of age at the great festivities of the Holy Spirit. Currently she has a bakery and a pastry shop which(...)
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Paula Azevedo
Paula Azevedo distinguishes herself mainly by her products made in traditional weaving, of “retalho” and in “ponto alto“ (of snip and in high point), which is typical of the island of São Jorge. Her works, of fashion and for the(...)
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Rui César Teixeira
Rui César Teixeira dedicates himself to the production of replicas and models of boats and whaling boats to scale and fishes in various woods. This craftsman is one of the few that makes the typical wood stamps of São Jorge,(...)
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Atelier de Conservação e restauro de Obras de Arte S.Jorge
Founded in 2000, by David Silva and Odília Teixeira, the Atelier of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art of São Jorge has been executing various works in order to preserve and repair art works on the areas of easel(...)
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Cooperativa de Artesanato Senhora da Encarnação, CRL
Handicraft Cooperative Senhora da Encarnação opened in March 1991 and came above all to promote weaving works, typical of the island of São Jorge. Besides being able to enjoy the live work in the loom, you’ll find a wide variety(...)
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Maria Fátima Brasil – Pão e doçaria
In her bakery, Maria de Fátima Brasil produces, among others traditional artisan products, the typical “Espécies” of S. Jorge, which, for their high quality, have earn the seal of guarantee of the collective brand “Artesanato dos Açores”. It is believed(...)
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Casa de Artesanato da Fajã dos Vimes
The Casa de Artesanato da Fajã dos Vimes (Handicraft House of Fajã dos Vimes), with over 30 years of existence, belongs to the sisters Alzira and Carminda Nunes, dedicated to the weaving in “ponto alto” (high point). This house is(...)
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Eduarda Melo
Eduarda Melo dedicates herself to the production of weaving, particularly quilts woven in linen or cotton with geometric designs that stylizes traditional decorative motifs. It was on the island of São Jorge, from the 16th century, that was created the(...)
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MeuPutu – peça única. tamanho único
Ana Correia dedicates herself to the handmade production of one-size props for men, women and children, highlighting her original and contemporary collars. MeuPutu is a brand with social responsibilities in the environmental area, producing their own labels in re-used cardboard(...)
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Cooperativa Agrícola da Ilha do Faial
The Agricultural Cooperative of Faial opened in August 2008 and has provided excellent conditions for the beekeeping sector on this island. Designated as an Honey Plant it has the functions of extraction, packaging and labeling of honey from its beekeeper(...)
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José Pereira-Al-Zéi
José Pereira dedicates himself to sculpture in basalt stone, especially pyroclastic bombs, in which represents the human figure. Of his sculptural work stands out the “basanitas” collection, small faces in basalt, whose brand is already registered and it’s the most(...)
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Bolinhas de Sabão
Zenaida Vieira creates pieces known as biscuit (cold porcelain), unique and different as a result of her creativity and handiwork. In her store you can find several handicraft products linked to the children's universe and for festive occasions. Opening Hours:(...)
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Queijadas da Graciosa
The Graciosa cakes of Maria de Jesus Félix constitute a product of artisanal production, considered to be the most typical of the island of Graciosa. Beyond these cakes, Maria Jesus Félix also renewed other typical sweets of the island of(...)
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Panificação “A Tradição”
Uldemira Santos produces bread and biscuits by hand, always using traditional methods and practices. In the bakery "A Tradição" you can find many types of bread, biscuits and many typical pastries, cakes and confections of Graciosa, baked in the traditional(...)
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Associação dos Artesãos da ilha Graciosa
The Association of Artisans of the island of Graciosa was founded in order to promote and develop handmade embroidery from Graciosa, not only highlighting the embroidery as a regional craft, but also praising the role of women in the society(...)
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Maria da Conceição Ramos
Maria da Conceição Ramos produces weaving with the reusing of textiles, cotton and wool, printing a colorful mix into the pieces, so traditional in Azorean weaving. Using the textile recycling technique, the artisan also is dedicated to patchwork, especially geometric,(...)
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Queijaria Pico Redondo
The Queijaria Pico Redondo was established in 2006, producing, at the time, only the traditional fresh cheese and, shortly thereafter, the cured cheese. The creations of D. Ilda Henriques, the fresh and cured cheeses, of artisan manufacture, makes this dairy(...)
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KistersArt
Certon Kisters lives on the island of Flores since 2004 and works with different species of wood where he combines, with an extraordinary minutia, a repertoire of miniature paintings with Azorean themes. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10am to(...)
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Jorge Cravinho
Born on the island of Flores, he inherited from his father the customs and knowledges of the art of joinery. In addition to the larger works, such as pieces of furniture, he has demonstrated a special interest for small artefacts,(...)
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Açorianices
Self-taught in the manufacture of miniatures, Luís Filipe de Freitas, developed his art using a strong technical experimentation, until reaching the perfection of the works that are born of his imagination. The artisan devised the necessary practices for the construction(...)
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Artesanato Terra Mar
It all started almost two decades ago for José Serpa with the construction of string instruments. In his workshop, you will find, among others, the famous Viola da Terra (in the two versions, micaelense and terceirence), he’s greatest production. This(...)
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Rosa Mendonça
On the island of Corvo, two names are distinguished in handicrafts, the names of Inês and Rosa Mendonça, mother and daughter, who currently continue to execute the typical wool berets and caps of the island of Corvo. The berets and(...)
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Maria Mendes
Maria Mendes learned with her mother the art of lace making, executing since then pieces of lace with varied typologies. The knowledge acquired in the training “Berets of Corvo”, held by CRAA in 2012, gave her tools to start making(...)
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Ethnic Summer Unipessoal, Lda.
In her studio, Carolina Mallada, prints, in serigraphy, various textile items such as t-shirts, bags, using illustrations, of his own authorship, linked to flora and fauna typical of the Azores. Highlighting the hydrangeas, the shearwater, the dolphin, among others. Opening(...)
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Carpintaria Perdigão
The Carpentry Perdigão as a long family tradition in this form of art, dating back to the ancestors of its current owner. Carpenters of profession, who made a bit of everything, without any machinery, non-existent in ancient times. Emanuel Travassos,(...)
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Cooperativa de Artesanato de Santa Maria
The Handicraft Cooperative of Santa Maria was established in 1989 in order to boost the economy of the small parish of the Espirito Santo and to not allow the lost of craft traditions of the island of Santa Maria in(...)
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Aida Bairos
Aida Bairos grew up watching her father doing works in wicker, but it was with her neighbor that she learned how to make the baskets named “condessa” (countess baskets). However, it was about 29 years ago that she started making(...)
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Salvaterra – Associação para o Desenvolvimento de Solidariedade Social
“A Salvaterra” - Association for the Development of Social Solidarity - was founded in 1998 with the intention of promoting not only the rural and local development, but also the social and cultural activities, in particular support for families, children(...)
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Loja Xacto
Maria José Freitas decided to create her own business with the opening of a printings store, gifts and vinyl. After the creation and editing of the images fed to a computer and printed on vinyl, the manual stamping process is(...)
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