With the employ of the mineral iron seams, refractory clays and firewood resources found in the area, in addition to the skilful damming of the river nearby, the Enlightened Antonio Raimundo Ibáñez, made by the people and the first historians Marquis of Sargadelos, conceived and carried out, at the end of the eighteenth century, an integral siderurgy which was to become one of the first examples of industrial capitalism. As a result of the founding of the steel works and the discovery of rich kaolin deposits in the surrounding area (for the last fifty years, the region supplied the most important European manufacturers of white ceramics), Ibáñez himself established a modern china factory in order to produce "Bristol-type pottery".
The factory started working in the first years of the Nineteenth century, and introduced, among other innovations, mechanical decoration.
In 1809, Ibáñez was dragged through the streets of Ribadeo in one of the most dramatic and obscure passages in our history, but his companies continued to operate until 1875 in spite of various vicissitudes.
A century after the closure of the old industrial complex, there was a rebirth of Sargadelos witihin a project attending to recuperate Galician historical memory -the Laboratorio de Formas- conveived in America by exiled Galician men and women, together with other enterprises and projects: the Carlos Maside Museum, Ediciós do Castro (publishing house), the restoration of the Seminario de Estudos Galegos, in which integrates the Geological Laboratory of Galicia "Parga Pondal" and the Instituto Galego de Información.
The pottery of Sargardelos is made with high quality materials, its design meeting both tradition and fashion. Styles make use of flames and spirals inspired from traditional motifs, always together with modern influences, bringing an overall harmony of shape and colour.