About

 

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.


CV

EDUCATION

Elisava (Pompeu Fabra University), Barcelona, Spain, BA (Hons) Product Design, 2006

COURSES AND TRAINING

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

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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

EXHIBITIONS

2020  Collect, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Somerset House, London, UK
2020  London Art Fair, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Business Design Centre, London, UK
2019  "Post Creacions", ACC Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2019  Young Masters Art Prize, La Galleria Pall Mall, London, UK
2019  "Summer of Ceramics", Doddington Hall, Lincoln, UK
2019  Art in Clay, Hatfield, London, UK
2019  Potfest in the Park, Cumbria, UK
2019  "New Ceramics" Solo Exhibition, Beaux Arts, Bath, UK
2018  Ceramics Biennial "Angelina Alós", Can Tintoré Museum, Barcelona, Spain
2018  Beaux Arts, Bath, UK
2018  Centre of Ceramic Art - CoCA, York, UK
2018  "Rhapsody in Blue", Hexagon Classic Design, London, UK
2018  Miar Arts, Brighton, UK
2018  Art in Clay, Hatfield, London, UK
2018  Potfest in the Park, Cumbria, UK
2018  "A slice of Yorkshire Creativity", Bils&Rye, Kirkbymoorside, UK
2018  Maiden Bridge Gallery, Lancaster, UK
2017  "The Dark Side of the Moon", Hexagon Classic Design, London, UK
2017  "Porcelain Perfection", Bils & Rye, Kirkbymoorside, UK
2017  Art in Clay, Hatfield, UK
2017  "A Whiter Shade of Pale", Hexagon Classic Design, London, UK
2017  The Round House Gallery, Derbyshire, UK
2017  Miar Arts, Brighton, UK
2017  Cut The Mustard Gallery, Langholm, Scotland
2017  Potfest in the Park, Cumbria, UK
2017  Pots & Plants, Powys, Wales
2016  Cambridge Art Fair with Bils & Rye Gallery, Cambridge, UK
2016  Ceramics in the City, London, UK
2016  Bath Contemporary, Bath, UK
2016  Sculpt Gallery "Summer Exhibition 2016", Colchester, UK
2016  Art in Clay, Hatfield, UK
2016  Bentalls Kingston "Meet the Artisans", London, UK
2015  Harrogate International Visual Arts Expo 2015 with Bils & Rye Gallery, Harrogate, UK
2015  Sculpt Gallery "The Art of Firing", Colchester, UK
2015  The Loughborough Hotel Gallery, London, UK
2015  Morley Gallery, London, UK
2015  Ceramics in the City, London, UK
2015  Art in Clay, Hatfield, UK
2015  RBSA Gallery 'Prize Exhibition', Birmingham, UK
2015  RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, UK
2015  Erwood Station Gallery, Powys, Wales
2014  Mall Galleries, London, UK
2014  Morley Gallery, London, UK
2014  Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
2014  Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, Middlesex, UK
2014  Riverside Gallery, Richmond, London, UK
2014  The Spring Gallery, Hampshire, UK
2013  National Funeral Exhibition 2013, Stoneleigh, Birmingham, UK
2011  IDEFT Institute, Guadalajara, Mexico
2010  México Nacional Ceramic Competition, Guadalajara, Mexico
2009  Bbrownie Coffee Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico
2008  ADI-FAD, Barcelona, Spain
2008  Roques Blanques Cemetery, Barcelona, Spain

2007  Funermostra, València, Spain
2007  Villegas Ceràmiques, Barcelona, Spain

AWARDS

2019  Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize Highly Commended Award, London, UK
2019  Young Masters Lerouge Knight Art Award, London, UK
2018  Ceramics Biennial "Angelina Alós" First Prize, Barcelona, Spain
2015  London Potters Annual Exhibition First Prize "Best in Show", London, UK
2014  London Potters Annual Exhibition First Prize "Best in Show", London, UK
2014  London Potters Annual Exhibition Visitor's Vote, London, UK

PUBLICATIONS

Wladimir Vivas, “Concursos”, Revista Internacional Cerámica, vol. 151, 2019, p.90
Infoceramica.com, “Artwork of the Week”, Digital Magazine, March 2019
"El Periódico" Newspaper, October 2018
"La Premsa del Baix: Cultura" Newspaper, November 2018
Featured with a selection of vessels at the Scarva's pottery supplies calendar, 2018
Featured at the Scarva's pottery supplies online catalogue, 2017
House & Garden, "Inspirational Interiors", July 2017, p. 149
"Eskdale & Liddesdale Advertiser", March 2017
Photographic report "In the studio" by Ben Boswell, 2017
Ceramic Review, Issue 280, July/August 2016
Wladimir Vivas, Revista Internacional Ceramica, vol. 139, 2015
Wladimir Vivas, "Panorama de Actualidad", Revista Internacional Ceramica, vol.114, 2009, p. 66
Wladimir Vivas, "Breves", Revista Internacional Ceramica, vol.112, 2009, p. 81

COMMISSIONS / PUBLIC WORK / COLLECTIONS

2018  Can Tinturé Museum, Barcelona, Spain
2018  Private Collection, Doha, Qatar
2017  Public Collection, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Cumbria, UK
2013  Reliquaries, Marcs i Urnes Bach, Barcelona, Spain
2010  Trophies, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico
2008  Public Sculpture in Government Building, Josep Carreté Arquitectura, Tarragona, Spain

COLLABORATIONS

2017  Glaze consultant for ASET Stiftung Ltd. Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin