I am originally from Barcelona where I studied Product Design and Ceramics and where I set up my first studio. Then, I moved the studio with my parter to Mexico pulled by their ceramic skills, the understanding of the pre-columbian ceramics and the interest to know how ceramics are made in another culture.
After 4 years working with ceramics in Mexico and having learnt how to work with very limited resources, I set up my own studio in the UK in 2012. Mexico was an outstanding opportunity to gain experience and courage to face all the elements of making ceramics from another point of view. Working from scratch. Making our own clay, gas kiln, glazes, tools...
Porcelain thrown and fired at 1.300ºC is the body that I use. After years using terracotta in Spain, I started to introduce stoneware until porcelain was the chosen body. It gives me what I need, mainly the whiteness and the strength to be fired in high temperatures. I need whiteness and temperature to apply the glazes. Glazes are my passion.
I understand that what the viewer sees first is the surface, so glazes are a crucial factor for me. As important as the shape, if not more. The glazes are the ones that will give the finish, personality, strength, electricity or peace, excitement… to the piece. Porcelain is like a white canvas ready to apply the glazes that I had been researching.
I am trying very hard to summarise all my feelings and ceramic convictions in producing well balanced jars or vessels in large scale. I have chosen the shape of the vessel because of their human tradition and history. Jars have been always with us, since Mesopotamic times. I strongly believe that this is a very intrinsically attached shape to the humanity that everybody understands. I have chosen this shape to apply my glazes and all the research behind them.
I have a particular interest in a type of glazes called “oil spot”. Oil Spot glazes are from the family of the tenmoku glazes originally discovered during the Song Dynasty, 10th century, China. These incredible challenging and technically demanding glazes have so much expression and richness. They are ideal for the type of work that I am after. A large classic shape with strong glazes.
I make large vessels because of their statement and presence. The perception is almost spiritual when you see them. They have a strange energy that captivates me over and over. I find on large vessels the best opportunity for the glazes to develop and express themselves freely and fully. A large clean, classic, quiet and humble shape with the power of the glazes is a very exciting concept for me.
I like to contrast the classic shape with new and sophisticated materials that today are in the market. I keep the legacy of the potters from the past but with the modern technology. Starting from the highly reliable raw materials for the glazes, the so technically advanced spray guns or the precision of the pottery wheels and kilns. They allow us to go a step further in the production of ceramics.
Elisava (Pompeu Fabra University), Barcelona, Spain, BA (Hons) Product Design, 2006
Escola Industrial, Barcelona, Spain, Ceramics, 2008/2009
Escola de Ceràmica de la Bisbal, Girona, Spain, Ceramics, 2007
Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain, Ceramics, 2007/2008
IDEFT Institute Guadalajara, Mexico, Ceramics, 2010/2011
IDEFT Institute Guadalajara, Mexico, Firing Assistant, 2010/2011
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, Mata Ortiz Ceramic Technique, 2010
Helado Te Estudi de Ceràmica, Guadalajara, Mexico, Gas Kiln Construction, 2009
Esther Ramos, Barcelona, Spain, Firing Techniques Workshop, 2008
Chisato Kuroki, Ametlla de Mar, Tarragona, Raku Firings, 2007/2008
Jornades de Ceràmica Celrà, Girona, Spain, Workshop, 2007/2008
Taller de Ceràmica 4x1, Barcelona, Spain, Apprenticeship, 2007/2008
2016/present Albert Montserrat Ceramics, Pickering, UK
2015/2016 Richmond Adult Community College, London, UK, Curriculum Technician (Ceramics)
2013/2016 Albert Montserrat Ceramics, London, UK
2009/2012 Helado Te Estudi de Ceràmica, Guadalajara, Mexico, Partnership
2007/2009 Helado Te Estudi de Ceràmica, Barcelona, Spain, Partnership
2008 Patent, Barcelona, Spain, Columbarium made with Ash Glazes and Ceramics
2006/2008 Josep Carreté Arquitectura, Barcelona, Spain, Draughtsman and Ceramic Sculpture
2007 Funermostra, València, Spain
2007 Villegas Ceràmiques, Barcelona, Spain