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I share stories about my creative process, behind-the-scenes in my studio as well as thoughts on the importance of ceramics in design, ritual and popular culture. I also write about pottery festivals, villages and treasures that I find while traveling and exploring.

 

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How to Use Decorative Plates in Your Interior Design

As a ceramics artist, there’s a lot I could say about plates. They’re a deceptively important object in the kitchen and any connoisseur of handmade pottery knows that not all dining plates are created equal. While I do love handmade, functional ceramics for everyday use, today there’s another kind of ceramic plate I want to …

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Terrania Ceramic Art Festival

Terrania Ceramics Festival 2019

Now in its 17th edition, Terrania is an International Ceramic Festival attracting clay artists and art lovers from near and far. The festival takes place in Montblanc, in the province of Tarragona. Montblanc is an incredibly interesting medieval site—In fact, one of the best preserved in Catalonia. The best option to see the village is …

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Open Studios Poblenou 2019

The Tallers Oberts, or Open Studios, of PobleNou consists of four days in which the artistic spaces of Barcelona’s most creative neighborhood open their doors to the general public. The workshops offer a schedule of activities so that the visitors can get to know the artists’ work in a more profound way. The activities include …

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An Artist Uncovered

I was recently invited to participate in an online interview to share my experience as a clay artist. The interview is with ABM Wholesale Indonesia; a new company specializing in one-of-a-kind, handcrafted home decor, kitchen and dining ware. They asked some very important questions, such as, what is the role of an artist in today’s …

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Culture & Craft: Discovering Peruvian Pottery

Discovering new art—especially pottery— is an important part of my experience when I travel. On a recent trip I spent time perusing Peruvian pottery from the Incas and other indigenous cultures. Their artwork inspired new reflections on the important links between craft, culture and storytelling. They’re links worth preserving! Craft as storytelling People all over …

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An Artists' Odyssey ebook

An Artist’s Odyssey: Chasing Ghosts, Masters and The Business of Art, by Alan Pierce

Alan Pierce has recently published An Artists’ Odyssey, an e-book that provides insight and perspective into the joys and challenges of being a professional artist. Alan was kind enough to invite me to contribute a few words of advice for aspiring creatives. Alan has been a professional artist and private art instructor for over 20 …

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Moroccan Pottery in Safi

Moroccan Pottery from Safi

At first glance, there isn’t a lot of tourist appeal to Safi. Located on the rugged Atlantic Coastline, Safi never became a popular seaside town for sunbathers and surfers. There is a large, industrialized fishing port with sardine canneries, textile plants and a chemical phosphate plant just south of the city. In front of the …

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Fang cuit ceramics festival

Fang Cuit 2018 – Ceramics Festival in La Bisbal D’empordà

This August I took a trip to La Bisbal D’empordà, about two hours North of Barcelona along the Costa Brava of Northern Spain. Each summer the Bisbal Ceramics School puts together a ceramics festival called Fang Cuit (meaning “cooked clay”). The festival offers six days of conferences, exhibitions, demonstrations and performances. It’s all about learning, …

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the art of slowing down

The Art of Slowing Down

I’ve come to the conclusion that if I slow down, so will my life. And my art is the key to slowing down. My transition into a creative career is bringing home life lessons that I previously only understood on an intellectual level. I often run from one activity to the next without taking a …

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Thanh Ha Pottery Village

Thanh Ha pottery village in Vietnam

When I explore art in other countries, I like to do more than just visit museums. If possible, I try to connect with the artists, see how and where they work, and even get my hands dirty. Sometimes traveling involves unexpected surprises. On a recent trip to Vietnam, I didn’t get my hands dirty so …

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tallers oberts poblenou

Tallers Oberts Poblenou 2018

I will join fellow artists from the 137° Artistic Studio for the Tallers Oberts PobleNou (Open Workshops) on September 13-16, 2018. We will offer an open ceramics exhibition all weekend as well as workshops and activities playing with clay. Ceramics exhibition We will welcome the autumn with an exhibition focusing on tea—teapots, tea spoons, tea …

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Vertical Gardens & Handmade Ceramics at Flora Vertical

Barcelona is an incredible place to live. We have an abundance of art, entertainment, delicious food and cultural offerings. However, there are also many inconveniences. We tolerate noise, pollution and crowds on a daily basis. The city can be stressful and overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to make your home into a beautiful and calming …

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Transforming Creativity into a Profession

After speaking at the InArtist inauguration event in March about Transforming Creativity into a Profession, I was honored to be asked to participate in a follow-up interview. Here are my replies. Why did you choose sculpture? I started playing with clay when I was 7 years old and it has fascinated me ever since. There’s …

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Ceramics Studios Barcelona

Ceramics Studios in Barcelona | Talleres de Cerámica

Re-post from my article published on FrikiFish.com about the selection of ceramics studios in Barcelona. Studio pottery is growing in popularity, and no wonder! We’re growing tired of a mechanized society. We want the vessels we use to decorate or consume our food to tell a unique story of creativity and craftsmanship. Making time in …

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