24 September 2019
The history of Cerabella in “The last Scouting” of the magazine “Marie Clair”. A fabulous article that has been elaborated according to the history of the brand. A brief summary of who is Cerabella, and what are the fundamental pillars that makes its candles “pieces of art”.
Thank you, Marie Claire, for those beautiful words!
4 July 2019
A story that begins with the determination of a strong and self confident woman. A true entrepreneur, Francesca Abella, who came to the profession in 1862 with her own manufactory and raised a prosperous business that today is an emblem of respect for a craft where candles have survived more than 160 years.
14 May 2019
Inside Peter Greenaway’s “Flying on Water” fabulous book, edited by Merrell Holberton, we find this little treasure:
“Candles are lit for auspicious beginnings. Light a candle to a light the way- Candles lit to placate the gods and remember the departed. Placed here in this imaginary exhibition, one hundred candles are situated halfway between the wax that made them and created their shape and mystique, and halfway to the the Daedalian lighthouse, their possible cumulative outcome. For centuries, architecs have constructed lighthouses in the shape of candles. Let this set of one hundred lighthouses- They are a remembrance and guide.” – Peter Greenaway
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:
8 November 2014
From time to time, we like to revisit the origins:
Although in Catalan Abella happens to mean bee, our company in fact is named after the last name of the woman that founded it: Francesca Abella, born next to Abella de la Conca a long time ago.
We have been in Abella now that it is Autumn and the November sunlight baths old olive trees and almond tree fields. The silence and the views are simply breathtaking!
Francesca Abella had to leave for Barcelona to start a new life, but five generations later, we are still going back there again and again …
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!