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 contemporary ceramic sculpture by  Carme Collell

 ‘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 ceramic form

‘Untitled’, 2003 – Carme Collell

Burnished clay with slips.

 

 

 

Ceramic Sculpture - Dwelling.2010 made by  Carme Collell

Ceramic Sculpture – ‘Dwelling’ by Carme Collell

2010

 

 

Fish Piece-2,-1997 by  Carme Collell

Carme Collell  ‘Fish Piece-2′

1997

 

 

Ceramic sculpture Floating-in-blue-.2012 by  Carme Collell

‘Floating in Blue’ – Carme Collell

2012

 

 

Into the blue.2010 Carme Collell ceramic sculptural art

‘Into the Blue’ – Carme Collell

2010

 

 

Red ceramic sculpture--Rosa cúbica roja (2002) created by  Carme Collell

Carme Collell – ‘Rosa cúbica roja’ (2002)

 

 

 

 

 Carme Collell-ceramic-abstract-from-1988

‘Untitled’ 1988

 

 

 

Rust-brown- ceramic-art-Carme Collell

Carme Collell

 

 

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

 

 

 Josep Collell

 

 

Josep Collell ceramic vessel with abstract cubist motif

Josep Collell

 

 

 

Josep Collell.1973 abstract decorated ceramic spouted vessel

Josep Collell

 

 

 

Josep Collell-pottery Spain Woman with horse motif

Josep Collell

 

 

 

Josep Collell-pieza-constuctiva.-tapered ceramic vessel

Josep Collell

 

 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 two abstract sculptural pieces in black and white

‘Bipolares’ – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

Contenedores-Miguel Molet three orange ceramic vessels

‘Contenedores 1’ – MiguelMolet

 

 

 

Contenedores-3 - Miguel Molet 3 black and white ceramic sculptures

‘Contenedores 3’ – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

Huellas-3 Miguel Molet $ tapered ovoid sculpture pieces

‘Huellas 3’ – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

Ceramic forms Huevo-2 by Miguel Molet, Spain

‘Huevo 2’ – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

Bol-peces-2 -- sculpture by Miguel Molet

Miguel Molet

 

 

 

plato peces 2 by Miguel Molet

‘Plato Peces 2’ – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

Griegos-1- ceramic plate -  Miguel Molet

‘Griegos 1’ – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

Mural01 wall tile mural Miguel Molet

‘Mural 01’  – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

Queso -- elegant sculptural ceramic art by Miguel Molet

‘Queso’ – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

Miguel Molet sculpture

Miguel Molet sculpture – ‘qla Rotary series’ 2009

 

 

 

Angeles-22 by Miguel Molet - sculptural spere

‘Angeles 22’ – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

Anatomía-de-la-forma created by Miguel Molet

‘Anatomía-de-la-forma’

Miguel Molet

 

 

 

Cons22 Miguel Molet

‘Cons 22’  – Miguel Molet

 

 

 

Batientes -- two orange contemporary ceramic sculptures by Miguel Molet

‘Batientes’  ceramic sculpture – Miguel Molet

 

 

 Jordi Marcet / Rosa vila D’abadal

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‘Human Flowers – fingers’ –  Jordi Marcet / Rosa vila D’abadal

 

 

 

Human-Flowers---nails  Jordi Marcet / Rosa vila D'abadal

‘Human Flowers—nails’ –  Jordi Marcet / Rosa vila D’abadal

 

 

 

Construcciones-5 by  Jordi Marcet / Rosa vila D'abadal

‘Construcciones-5’ –  Jordi Marcet / Rosa vila D’abadal

 

 

 

Dummies contemporary art by  Jordi Marcet / Rosa vila D'abadal

‘Dummies’ –  Jordi Marcet / Rosa vila D’abadal

 

 

 

 Jordi Marcet / Rosa vila D'abadal -- Energizing-Stoneware1260c

‘Energizing’ – Stoneware  1260c

 

 

 

Swarm-of-mosquitoes stoneware plate by  Jordi Marcet / Rosa vila D'abadal

‘Swarm of Mosquitoes’  – stoneware plate

 

 

 

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Ceramic sculptures

 

 

 

Angeles Velaquez modernist tea set

Angeles Velaquez modernist tea set

 

 

 

árbol-y-tierra

“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 ceramic sculpture

Madola

 

 

 

SAMUEL BAYARRI -  RAFAELA PARE - ceramic wall panel

Wall Panel – Samuel Bayarri/Rafaela pare

 

 

 

Ceramic wall art - Sponge -  Penelope Vallejo

‘Sponge’  – Penelope Vallejo

 

 

 

Winter light, monumental dish by Jose Antonio Sarmiento

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

2004

 

 

Jose Antonio-sarmiento-Rain

Jose Antonio Sarmiento – ‘Rain’

 

 

 

Dones18.-Teresa-Gironés

Dones18.-Teresa Gironés

http://www.teresagirones.es

 

 

 

Esther Galarza Berasueta,ceramic arts

Esther Galarza

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Xohan Viqueira

( alafiasamuelrafaela.blogspot.com.au )

 

 

 

 

Joan Carrillo modern vessel with lustre glaze

Joan Carrillo

 

 

Luis Rodriguez teapot in red, orange, white and black

Luis Rodriguez abstract teapot

 

 

 

Mia Llauder abstract ceramic art

Mia Llauder

 

 

 

Pumpkins--Maria-Gelabert - orange ceramic

Raku Pumpkin–Maria Gelabert

 

 

 

 

Pumpkins---Maria-Gelabert matching pottery vessels

Maria-Gelabert

 

 

 

Rafaela Pareja textural white contemporary ceramic sculpture

Rafaela Pareja

 

 

 

Tri legged Sculpture done in chamotada white - Rafaela Pareja

Sculpture done in chamotada white – Rafaela Pareja

 

 

 

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Rafaela Pareja

 

 

Teresa Gironés contemporary bust - Lady with mona lisa sunglasses

Catalan ceramicist Teresa Gironès

 

 

 

modernist-mid-century-vase-by- Strandquert with abstract motif of white on orange

 Mid-Century modernist incised red clay vessel signed  Strandquert

 

 

 

Teresa Capeta contemporary ceramic form

Mª Teresa Capeta

Monasterio-de-Santa-Cristin

Monasterio de Santa Cristin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 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.

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  4. Posted July 16, 2016 at 5:57 am | Permalink

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