2020. Whistle. Replica of the original from 1956 in Guadalajara made by master potter Luis Larriba Cabezudo. Photo by Miguel Ángel Fernández Auñón © Archivo Escuela Provincial de Folklore


The whistle Works by means of a bezel with an air channel. You blow air along the channel and, interrupted by the bezel, it produces a sound which is modulated by the water and amplified by the sounding board. The sound imitates birds chirping.

The bezel and cannel whistle are made of fired red clay and is part of the figure of a little jar. The jar has a globular body, a straight neck, a marked bottom and flat base.

The whistle consists of a rectangular shape comprising the mouthpiece, channel and bezel all on a level. Once the clay has been moulded into shape, the whistle is inserted into the top of the jar. The body of the jar is made on the potter´s wheel, the whistle is made by hand and the sound producing elements (mouthpiece, channel and bezel) with a tool known as a wooden rib. This tool is made by potters from juniper wood and has a circular end for making the mouthpiece and channel, and a flat end for the bezel..

The water in the jar should not reach the air cannel but remain below it so that the air can modulate the water and reproduce chirping.

The red clay is taken from local claypits and is traditional in this area.

The whistle has traditionally been used by children for fun and play, and depending on the quantity of water, different sounds are produced.