Contemporary Spanish Ceramic Arts

 

You only have to look at  architecture of Spain to see how bold and adventurous the Spanish are with their avant garde, abstract and evolving post modern styles. Their passion, impulsiveness and spiritual instincts lend itself to having a natural flair for unique contemporary designs. The likes of Picasso and Gaudi laid down deep foundations for the artists to expand upon and in Spain it is embraced as being culturally enriching and essential for the soul of the nation.
Their ceramics and pottery are blessed with the same flair and creativity.  Here is a collection of Spanish ceramicists that have contributed to their contemporary aesthetics.

 

Carme Collell

 

 

1998 Sinking Blue

 Sinking Blue – Carme Collell   1998

Carme was born in Barcelona in 1951. While studying a Master in Art and Education at New York University, she was introduced to ceramics by Lydia Buzis. . In 1979-80 she went on to study at the ceramics workshop of Josep Collell in Montevideo, Uruguay, along with taking drawing and painting classes with Guillermo Fernandez.  It was here she developed the technique of applying an oiled and burnished slip, single fired at 1080C.

Her work is represented in major collections in Spain and abroad, including: Museum Chateauroux in France, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Garth Clark Gallery in New York.

 

 

 

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Untitled, 2003 – Carme Collell

Burnished clay with slips.

 

 

 

 

Ceramic Sculpture - Dwelling.2010

Ceramic Sculpture - Dwelling by Carme Collell

2010

 

 

 

 

Fish Piece-2,-1997

Carme Collell  Fish Piece-2

1997

 

 

 

 

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Floating in Blue – Carme Collell

2012

 

 

 

 

Into the blue.2010 Carme Collell

Into the Blue – Carme Collell

2010

 

 

 

 

 

Rosa cúbica roja (2002)

Carme Collell – Rosa cúbica roja (2002)

 

 

 

 

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Untitled 1988

 

 

 

 

 

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More  Carme Collell  here – http://www.terracroma.net

 Josep Collell

 

 

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 Miguel Molet

Miguel Molet uses thorough treatment of his clays with polishing during the development of the piece or  terra sigellata  in preparing his pre-fired pots, a technique which has been revived by contempoary ceramicists, from ancient procedures dating back to 600 BC in Greece. He further finishes his pieces with smoking techniques, either naked Raku, carbonation in a closed oven, or simple smoked paper, wood, and other fuels.

website – www.miguelmolet.com

Bipolares - Miguel Molet

Bipolares – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

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Contenedores 1 – MiguelMolet

 

 

 

 

Contenedores-3

Contenedores 3 – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

 

Huellas-3 Miguel Molet

Huellas 3 – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

 

Huevo-2

Huevo 2 – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

 

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Miguel Molet

 

 

 

 

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Plato Peces 2 – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

 

 

Griegos-1

Griegos-1 – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

 

Mural01

Mural 01  – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

 

Queso

Queso – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

 

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Miguel Molet sculpture – qla Rotary series 2009

 

 

 

Angeles-22

Angeles-22

 

 

 

 

 

Anatomía-de-la-forma

Anatomía-de-la-forma

Miguel Molet

 

 

 

 

 

Cons22

Cons 22  – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

 

Batientes

Batientes  ceramic sculpture – Miguel Molet

 

 

 Jordi Marcet / Rosa vila D’abadal

http://www.terracroma.net

 

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Human Flowers – fingers

 

 

 

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Human Flowers—nails

 

 

 

 

Construcciones-5

Construcciones-5

 

 

 

Dummies

Dummies

 

 

 

 

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Energizing - Stoneware  1260c

 

 

 

 

 

Swarm-of-mosquitoes stoneware plate

Swarm of Mosquitoes  – stoneware plate

 

 

 

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Ceramic sculptures

 

 

 

 

Angeles Velaquez modernist tea set

Angeles Velaquez modernist tea set

 

 

 

 

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“Tree and Earth” – Diego Ecija, 2007
Tribute to the Alcora pottery tradition. The tree, referring to pottery, rooted in the earth, and it thrives. From the first branches arise Potters hands working the clay and decorating around the brush works.

 

 

 

 

Madola

Madola

 

 

 

 

SAMUEL BAYARRI RAFAELA PARE

Wall Panel – Samuel Bayarri

 

 

 

 

Sponge Penelope Vallejo

Sponge  – Penelope Vallejo

 

 

 

 

Winter light, monumental dish

Winter Light, monumental dish ( 59cm ) – Jose Antonio Sarmiento

2004

 

 

 

 

Jose Antonio-sarmiento-Rain

Jose Antonio Sarmiento – Rain

 

 

 

 

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Dones18.-Teresa Gironés

http://www.teresagirones.es

 

 

 

 

Esther Galarza Berasueta,

Esther Galarza

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Xohan Viqueira

( alafiasamuelrafaela.blogspot.com.au )

 

 

 

 

Joan Carrillo

Joan Carrillo

 

 

 

 

Luis Rodriguez

Luis Rodriguez abstract teapot

 

 

 

 

Mia Llauder

Mia Llauder

 

 

 

 

Pumpkins--Maria-Gelabert

Raku Pumpkin–Maria Gelabert

 

 

 

 

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Maria-Gelabert

 

 

 

 

Rafaela Pareja

Rafaela Pareja

 

 

 

 

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Sculpture done in chamotada white – Rafaela Pareja

 

 

 

 

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Rafaela Pareja

 

 

Teresa Gironés

Catalan ceramicist Teresa Gironès

 

 

 

 

 

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 Mid-Century modernist incised red clay vessel signed  Strandquert

 

 

 

 

 

Teresa Capeta

Mª Teresa Capeta

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Monasterio de Santa Cristin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Mark Palandri
    Posted August 21, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Great post on some of Spain’s current crop of ceramic artists. I’ve been living in Spain for a while now, and despite the lack of international (or for that matter, even national) recognition, Spain does have a small but vibrant collection of contemporary ceramic artists putting out some impressive work. It is good to see them getting more exposure.

    One small nit: The piece you have labelled as “Samuel Bayarri Rahaela Pare” is actually just by “Samuel Bayarri”. The extra “Rahaela Pare” you tacked onto the end of his name is probably a truncated version of “Rafaela Pareja”, the name of his wife, another excellent ceramic artist in her own right whose work you show later in your post. They are two wonderful people who have a shared home/studio in a small town outside of Valencia, but have distinctive styles of work; as far as I can tell, they don’t collaborate on pieces.

  2. Posted December 12, 2013 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    A great article indeed and a very detailed, realistic and superb analysis, of this issue, very nice write up, Thanks.

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