8 August 2018
At times, it’s not necessary to travel far to go around the world; with the light of a candle you can dream, imagine and even discover the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Hemispheres of the globe. The craftsmen of Cerabella put a lot of love into making it possible for anyone to imagine what Finisterre’s surroundings, the port of Boston, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and Mikomoto Shima are like.
‘Lighthouse collection‘. This is how Cerabella’s new collection of scented candles, which takes you on a journey to such places, is called. Through mandarin or amber scents, you can go to the first lighthouse in the world, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, while the “floral blend” of jasmine and white rose will take you to the environs of Boston Harbor.
But if you prefer to go to the “end of the world”, the Lighthouse of Finisterre is, without a doubt, the perfect place for you. Just by smelling the fragrance of this candle, you’ll imagine the waves crashing against the rocks and the fresh sea air of Cape Finisterre. A very similar sensation is what you get when you go to the oldest stone lighthouse in the world, which is known as Mikomoto Shima. The difference lies in the floral perfume that emanates from the Asian continent, where it is found. Grapefruit and patchouli notes are immediately noticeable as soon as you light the wick of the candle representing this lighthouse.
Four candles, four lighthouses and four great and unique opportunities to travel the world by simply lighting a flame. Which lighthouse would you like to discover today?
26 July 2015
Have you ever met a candlemaker? Here you have an important one!
14 March 2015
The history of wax is full of symbolism.
As candlemakers we have the fortune of making a product whose value is usually enriched by the significance that people gives to candles once they are lit: from the wishes that will come true when blowing out the candles on a birthday cake, to the countdown to Christmas of the candles in an Advent crown.
Since ancient times, one of the most common meanings related to wax was the sense of gratitude offerings operated by the ex-votos.
In Cerabella, we have recovered the 1862 moulds of our original ex-votos to make these wax sculptures that bring to nowadays home interiors such a visual strenght:
3 August 2014
“In order to bleach the wax, it is purified by melting, cleaning and exposing it to air and dew (…) “*
We love this part of our job that connects us with the ancient know-how of the art of candlemaking. A craftsmanship where each piece is unique, made by hand by one person and created for one person.
A look over Chambers’ Cyclopaedia (1680-1740) or Diderot and D’Alembert’s Encyclopédie*(1751-1772), discovers methods that have reached our times explained generation after generation. Maybe today the wax is not bleach by dew, but the essence of candlemaking remains.
26 April 2014
We guess it was that charming moustache which made Francesca fall for him.
Emili’s reasons, however, we know them for sure, but we will talk about them later on when we write a post about the words in his well perserved diary.
Francesca was quite older than him and besides she was the boss. Emili was a shop assistant and was deeply in love with her. Their wedding was full of smiles and hats and it is thanks to them that we are now here.
We thought it was pretty fair to dedicate them this souvenir.
Francesca Abella, Cereria Abella’s founder,
whose surname actually means bee in Catalan.
Emili Oller and his moustache.
Emili Oller, style lessons.
Emili, another shop assistant, Francesca and Maria Abella as a child: the following generation.
Plaça del Pedró in Barcelona circa 1862, when the candles workshop was inaugurated.
Francesca Abella and Emili Oller: the wedding.
1 November 2013
Traditionally, not only candles were lit for November 1st, but also a special tiny oil lights to honour the souls of the deceased. These tiny oil lights were known as little “butterflies” or “little souls” and consisted of a wick set on a small cork that used vegetal oil instead of wax as a combustible.
This custom, related to the Roman tradition of lighting an oil lamp for the spirit of the household gods, now is over, but these oil “butterflies” keep on illuminating all kinds of parties and events in a really delicate way.
Try pouring some water and olive oil in different glasses and light “butterflies” all around the room. The floating flames create a unique ethereal effect and, as long as there is oil, there will be flames!
11 August 2013
Candles float because water density is higher than wax density, a physical particularity that makes them a such useful decorative resource!
For original table settings, you can put little floating candles in glass vases filled with water.
For outdoor parties in gardens provided with a pool, you may try candles with wind resistant wicks or hurricane candles designed to protect the flame from air draughts.
Did you know why candles in a pool tend to move to the borders instead of staying still? The answer is water’s surface tension, the same reason that prevents Water striders from submerging. Psst… Prop stylists often use fishing plumbs to make candles stay in place!
16 June 2013
The shortest night of the year is also the most bright in Barcelona due to open-air parties and fireworks that celebrate the beginning of the Summer season. Can you imagine a better way to illuminate Summer nights than these torches for the garden or the beach? In Cerabella’s shop windows we have everything ready for the music to begin. Happy Summer for you all!
Did you know that you should never blow to extinguish a torch flame? Our advice is to smother its flame by using a metallic lid. (Also remember not to use water in order to avoid hot wax splattering!)
17 March 2013
Before electricty reached most houses in Barcelona, when the night came the vigilant or sereno gave you a piece of lighten rope candle to light the stairs up to your door. The vigilant, who held spare front door keys to most apartments and shops, used to watch out for the barrio’s tranquility at night and he would carry this rope candle in order to cut it and light it up whenever a neighbour would need it.
In Cerabella we have turned this rope candle into a flexible birthday candle that can be cut into different sizes and given funny shapes to decorate the cake. Such a playful time before blowing out the candles!