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.
‘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.
‘Untitled’, 2003 – Carme Collell
Burnished clay with slips.
Ceramic Sculpture – ‘Dwelling’ by Carme Collell
Carme Collell ‘Fish Piece-2′
‘Floating in Blue’ – Carme Collell
‘Into the Blue’ – Carme Collell
Carme Collell – ‘Rosa cúbica roja’ (2002)
More Carme Collell here – http://www.terracroma.net
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
‘Contenedores 1’ – MiguelMolet
‘Contenedores 3’ – Miguel Molet
‘Huellas 3’ – Miguel Molet
‘Huevo 2’ – Miguel Molet
‘Plato Peces 2’ – Miguel Molet
‘Griegos 1’ – Miguel Molet
‘Mural 01’ – Miguel Molet
‘Queso’ – Miguel Molet
Miguel Molet sculpture – ‘qla Rotary series’ 2009
‘Angeles 22’ – Miguel Molet
Cons 22′ – Miguel Molet
‘Batientes’ ceramic sculpture – Miguel Molet
Jordi Marcet / Rosa vila D’abadal
‘Human Flowers – fingers’
‘Energizing’ – Stoneware 1260c
‘Swarm of Mosquitoes’ – stoneware plate
Angeles Velaquez modernist tea set
“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.
Wall Panel – Samuel Bayarri
‘Sponge’ – Penelope Vallejo
‘Winter Light’, monumental dish ( 59cm ) – Jose Antonio Sarmiento
Jose Antonio Sarmiento – ‘Rain’
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Luis Rodriguez abstract teapot
Raku Pumpkin–Maria Gelabert
Sculpture done in chamotada white – Rafaela Pareja
Catalan ceramicist Teresa Gironès
Mid-Century modernist incised red clay vessel signed Strandquert
Mª Teresa Capeta
Monasterio de Santa Cristin