Estudio Destra

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Estudio Destra, faux door, tiles by Kate Swift, 1994

Estudio Destra Internationally renowned Ceramics/Pottery Workshop based in Silves, Algarve, Portugal.

Estudio Destra, entrance
Estudio Destra, Tiles, Algarve Cliffs

Specializes in handpainted murals on tiles.

Estudio Destra was founded in the 1980s by the artist Katherine Swift (1956–2004) and the ceramicist Roger Metcalfe. They had both previously worked in the famous Porches Pottery (Olaria Algarve), founded by Katherine's father, Patrick Swift.

It is located in a 16th-century Jewish townhouse in the historic town of Silves, Algarve. Silves was once the capital of the Algarve and an important Moorish city that rivalled Lisbon. Among the very few buildings to have survived the earthquake of 1775 in Silves were the Cathedral, begun in the 13th and completed in the 15th century, and the building that today houses Estudio Destra. During the building's restoration a small indentation was noticed on the doorpost where a mezuzah — the little case containing a handwritten scripture from Deuteronomy and a fixture on a Jewish home — once hung.

It has gone on to gain international repute and work from this studio is bought by collectors from around the world.

Estudio Destra Studio Tiles Website

External Links & Further Reading[edit]

  • Estudio Destra Studio Tiles Website
  • Porches Pottery Website
  • Estudio Destra contact [1]
  • Estudio Destra Images [2]
  • AA Portugal (Spiral), p. 17, tiles by Katherine Swift, 2009.
  • Patrick Swift 1927-83, Veronica Jane O’Mara (ed.), Gandon Editions, Kinsale, 1993.
  • Patrick Swift: An Irish Painter in Portugal, Gandon Editions, 2001.
  • AA Algarve Guide (AA Spiral Guides), p. 28-29; Swift family and ceramics.
  • Artnet [3]
  • Frommers, Algarve Travel [4]
  • Portugal, David J. J. Evans [5]
  • Richard Neubersch, Algarve Report, p. 57 [6]
  • Algarve Inspirations [7]
  • Algarve Resident: Porches Pottery- The Inside Story [8]
  • Patrick Kavanagh: A Biography, Antoinette Quinn, Gill & MacMillan Ltd, 2001.
  • Algarve Resident, Anniversary Party [9]
  • Images [10]
  • Algarve, Top 10, Eyewitness Travel, p. 91, p. 79. ISBN 978-1-4053-3973-5
  • Estudio Destra today, run by Roger Metcalfe [11]
  • Faux door at Estudio Destra Images [12], [13],[14], [15], [16]
  • Images [17]
  • Algarve Welcome Magazine [18]