The National Museum of Pottery presents, together with the Càtedra d’Innovación Ceràmica Ciutat de Vila-Real (CICCV), the City Council of Vila-Real and the University Jaume I of Castellón, the exhibition “17 contemporary visions”, which shows a geographical ceramic tour along the different looks of pottery in each of the autonomous communities.
The different ways of using pottery in an artistic contemporary language is put together in this exhibition, conceptual proposals, sculptural and pictorial coexist with those that have roots from the Japanese tradition, or that emphasise the materials themselves through the ceramic object. This exhibition takes place in the Art and Culture Contemporary Pottery Fair, a long-term project which goal is to promote, spread and encourage the artistic pottery in all its areas and to a worldwide level.
Ángel Garraza: Born in Allo (Navarra) develops his artistic career from Bilbao, where since 1977 work as a professor in the Sculpture Department in the university of the Basque Country. His work, characterised by the confrontation of black and white, the reinterpretation of identifiable elements with a great symbolism and big formats has a singular example in his piece “Sitios y lugares”, made for the Paseo de Abandoibarra of Bilbao.
Antonio González: Artist from Córdoba, is a graduate in Fine Arts, specialised in painting. Promoter and participant in many artistic initiatives, he also is commissioner of projects such as “Páginas de barro” or “Terra Libris”. His work in pottery mirrors his pictorial concerns, transforming valumes and sufaces in canvases of colour and texture.
Bibiana Martínez: Settled in Valencia and disciple of Enric Mestre, Bibiana Martínez interests are divided between pottery and the applications of augmented reality. Her pottery work deals with the clening of the material and its manipulation, leaving a mark in her works all the building processes, to which she adds elements of computer media.
Elena Colmeiro: Considered one of the masters of the contemporary pottery in Spain. Internationally renowned, with a vital journey in Argentina and Europe, always surrounded by the Spanish cultural sphere –sculptural, pictorial and literary–, this artist creates great part of her pieces in Madrid. She had access to the pottery industry, which was useful to interpret the industrial wastes in her work, topic that keeps motivating her nowadays.
Gregorio Peño: Inspired during generations of his family by the pottery tradition. From that knowledge and his artistic training, his work has attracted an international attention that has gained him a nomination to the Association of Art Critics as the better presented work in ARCO 2015 by a living Spanish artist.
Jesús Castañón: Asturian artist of a wide teaching experience and impeller of multiple initiatives through pottery schools. His work, defined by way in which to express the particularly red colour (red “Castañón”) and his latests research in black that give a major importance to the volume of his works.
Juan Gómez: artist from Santander, is a professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Bilbao, and promoter of the first master in pottery made in Spain. His research, educational and artistic, focus on the development and reproduction with serial processes of pottery pieces, which is reflected in the presented works that draw from the premise that one pottery object presents different reinterpretations.
Lorenzo y Juan Manuel Pérez Vinagre: The Pérez Vinagre Brothers belong to a saga of potters settles in Salvatierra de los Barros (Badajoz), from there they develop the production of the workshop Terracotamerida. With interest and research, they transform, via new techniques, the traditional vision in works with archaeological and material references.
Madola: Catalan artist internationally renowned and member of the International Academy of Pottery, is considered in of the Spaniards that starting from Arcadio Blasco, makes a sculptural reading of pottery. Her works of great rotundity and symbolism convey through the naked clay and oxides the gesture and moment of its creation.
María Ramis: From Felanitx (Baleares) and from her workshop Call Vermell, María Ramis triggers the pottery movement of the island, moreover, with her participation in different events like fairs, prizes and exhibitions in the Balearic Islands and Catalonia. Ramis includes the Mediterranean scent to her pieces, with works full of cultures, textures and colours that remind us to the sea and the salty air.
Miguel Vázquez: The Galician artist Miguel Vázquez develops his artistic career from Vigo, city in which he is a cultural activist and impeller of a intense pottery movement that moves the whole of Galicia. This author, member of the International Academy of Pottery and visible in international calls and exhibitions, moves the counterculture to the pottery toying with minimal and essential elements inside the realization process of a piece. Pottery and art prosed as a play of permanent creative questioning.
Monona Álvarez: From Valladolid, she has focused her workshop production work in the development of oriental shapes and finishes. Inspired by the subtle shapes and colours of the traditional Japanese pottery, Álvarez recreates the subtlety of the ornamental uses of the Japanese art and its finishes with celadon enamel and reds that with delicate transparencies allow us to glimpse the holder, piece that peeks and breathes through the colour.
Nicolás de Maya: Native of Cehegín, Murcia, Nicolás de Maya is a multidisciplinary artist that works with sculpture, paint and pottery. With the latter he has experimented in countries such as Mexico. Though pottery, he captures his pictorial interests using simple and rotund iconography, with apparently basic pottery elements.
Rafa Pérez: Born in La Rioja and formed in the school La Massana of Barcelona, summarises the essence of contemporary pottery to an international level. Present in an infinity of exhibitions, conferences and international contests, he is an indisputable figure in the contemporary scene of pottery. That essence is focused in rediscovering the material as the self-strength of the work, to give it the strength of the transformation of the material and to allow the intuition to flow in the development of new pieces.
Ricardo Bonnet: Trained in the school of Arts and Professions of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and from the Taller Tamiz workshop advises the making of pottery products. In this journey he has carried out multiple works of great format, in which shows the presented piece and naked clays like manipulated rocks.
Sara Biassu: Artist from Aragón, provokes a direct impact in the spectator through her work. One of the new solid brands in the contemporary Spanish pottery. Moreover, she has been in contests in Spain, Belgium, Denmark, etc. Her work goes from the installation, the visual poetry and the conceptualism. Title and work are the body in which hide the authentic meaning of each of her works.
Txaro Marañón: Is an active part of the collective EKG, the revitalization of pottery in different cultural areas and its coexistence with other disciplines. Her work, without a lack of social analysis, may have a bittersweet welcome by the spectator, kind in the formats and distant in textures and shapes. The intention before the shape makes it to incorporate other materials to the pottery process.