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About Us

Casa Alfarera’s effort to deliver stoneware of the highest quality  and innovative design is present in every piece.

Casa Alfarera is a stoneware workshop located in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Its team consists of artisans including master potters, wheel throwers, glazers, and decorators. It was founded in 2013 by Ceramist and Art Historian Ysabela Molini and businessman Amadeo Anselin, and is currently run by an administrative team lead by women.

We produce a range of functional ceramics, specializing in planters, lighting, vases, and ceramic furniture. We create ceramics for the trade as well as for end clients.

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Our Materials and Process

We source most of our raw materials locally in the Dominican Republic and process them in our workshop in Santo Domingo. A crucial part of our process involves analyzing the characteristics of these materials and understanding the behavior of our clay bodies.

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Our glaze repertory includes both original recipes and those adopted from ceramic scholars and commercial sources. Each piece is crafted with care, whether thrown on the potter's wheel, hand-built, or mold-pressed, and fired at temperatures reaching up to 1,250 degrees Celsius.

Our House and Our Neighborhood

The Colonial City of Santo Domingo is the first European settlement in the Americas, and our house is located at the heart of this historic neighborhood. Casa Alfarera’s home is a XVII century building that underwent a complete preservation and restoration process in order to become a pottery workshop and boutique. 

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"We are fortunate to work in the heart of the first city of America, in an authentic colonial house turned into a workshop."

Our raw materials and ceramic wares are processed and created in house. The workshop occupies the majority of the space in the building and is located right behind the wooden doors inside the boutique.

Feel free to knock and watch us work.

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About Ysabela Molini

Ysabela is a graduate in Art History from Pratt Institute, New York where she did extensive studies in studio ceramics, cultural, and visual studies.  She holds an MA in Design History and Curatorial Studies from Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the New School, New York.  

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