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.




untitled, 2003 Carme Collell

‘Untitled’, 2003 – Carme Collell

Burnished clay with slips.




Ceramic Sculpture - Dwelling.2010

Ceramic Sculpture – ‘Dwelling’ by Carme Collell




Fish Piece-2,-1997

Carme Collell  ‘Fish Piece-2′




Ceramic sculpture Floating-in-blue-.2012

‘Floating in Blue’ – Carme Collell




Into the blue.2010 Carme Collell

‘Into the Blue’ – Carme Collell




Rosa cúbica roja (2002)

Carme Collell – ‘Rosa cúbica roja’ (2002)






‘Untitled’ 1988





Carme Collell



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 Josep Collell



Josep Collell ceramic vessel

Josep Collell




Josep Collell.1973 abstract decorated ceramic spouted vessel

Josep Collell




Josep Collell-pottery Spain

Josep Collell




Josep Collell-pieza-constuctiva.-1966.-26

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.

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Bipolares - Miguel Molet

‘Bipolares’ – Miguel Molet





‘Contenedores 1’ – MiguelMolet





‘Contenedores 3’ – Miguel Molet




Huellas-3 Miguel Molet

‘Huellas 3’ – Miguel Molet





‘Huevo 2’ – Miguel Molet





Miguel Molet




plato peces 2

‘Plato Peces 2’ – Miguel Molet





‘Griegos 1’ – Miguel Molet





‘Mural 01’  – Miguel Molet





‘Queso’ – Miguel Molet




Miguel Molet sculpture

Miguel Molet sculpture – ‘qla Rotary series’ 2009





‘Angeles 22’ – Miguel Molet






Miguel Molet





Cons 22′  – Miguel Molet





‘Batientes’  ceramic sculpture – Miguel Molet



 Jordi Marcet / Rosa vila D’abadal



‘Human Flowers – fingers’





‘Human Flowers—nails’















‘Energizing’ – Stoneware  1260c




Swarm-of-mosquitoes stoneware plate

‘Swarm of Mosquitoes’  – stoneware plate





Ceramic sculptures




Angeles Velaquez modernist tea set

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

‘Sponge’  – Penelope Vallejo




Winter light, monumental dish

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




Jose Antonio-sarmiento-Rain

Jose Antonio Sarmiento – ‘Rain’





Dones18.-Teresa Gironés




Esther Galarza Berasueta,

Esther Galarza


Xohan Viqueira

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Joan Carrillo

Joan Carrillo



Luis Rodriguez

Luis Rodriguez abstract teapot




Mia Llauder

Mia Llauder





Raku Pumpkin–Maria Gelabert










Rafaela Pareja

Rafaela Pareja




Scukpture done in chamotada white

Sculpture done in chamotada white – Rafaela Pareja






Rafaela Pareja



Teresa Gironés

Catalan ceramicist Teresa Gironès





 Mid-Century modernist incised red clay vessel signed  Strandquert




Teresa Capeta

Mª Teresa Capeta


Monasterio de Santa Cristin








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  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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    Posted April 24, 2014 at 1:40 am | Permalink

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  3. Anonymous
    Posted October 2, 2015 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Υπεροχα ….. εργα τεχνης ….. συγχαρητηρια !!!!!!!

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