The theme chosen for Manolo was the old San Claudio / San Cloyo earthenware factory, founded in the parish of the same name in the municipality of Oviedo/Uviéu in 1901. From its beginnings the factory was characterized by the use of the most advanced ceramic decoration techniques of its time. In 2007 the economic situation of the company was already critical and the company finally closed on April 30, 2009, leaving behind 108 years of history.
For the participatory design process, an attempt was made to get in touch with citizens of Oviedo/Uviéu who had pieces of tableware from the factory. This call out prompted a good response, and the artist made a selection among all the tableware offered. People whose pieces were selected were able to enjoy a personal encounter with Manolo Mesa. In this way, the artist was able to discover the stories behind each piece of tableware and take photographs that would lead to the final work of the mural itself