The word ceramic is derived from the Greek term “keramike” meaning clay, and is used to describe any activity that develops objects out of clay. This is possible due to the property that the clay has to mold itself easily while paste, then acquiring hardness and strength by baking.
Pottery already existed in Portugal before the arrival of the Romans, but with these and later with the Arabs it made this activity develop significantly. They were the ones that introduced many of the techniques used in the manufacturing process of ceramic and which are still used in the production of many different objects and ceramic materials.
The construction ceramic is an important aspect in the past, but the growing demand for ecological materials and aesthetic value opens the possibility of growth and expansion for this sector. The Moorish pieces are produced with clay that is extracted on the production site, and its fabrication essentially manual. The Moorish tile is used on roofs, isolates without muffling, the atmosphere becomes lighter, brighter and is more resistant. The “tijolo burro” brick is considered a good insulator, and is also used in interior decoration. The “tijoleira” tile is cool, suitable for the southern regions, where the summer is very hot.