Art and Artisan Traditions

sol y luna

Catching up with Sol & Luna and Yukiko Kitahara

By Spain for Design / April 15, 2024 /

Five years ago, I started this blog to feature the excellence of Spanish design. I have featured dozens of artisans and makers of fine works of ceramics, leather, fiber, metal, textile, and basketry. I recently caught up with four of the studios that I have featured. In this first of two articles, I reach out…

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Guille-Garcia Hoz Workshops

Workshops in Madrid on Ceramic Making

By Spain for Design / April 2, 2024 /

In April, those in the Madrid area can learn the art of ceramic making from the team at Guille García-Hoz, a ceramic artist and interior designer. The workshops take place at his studio at 6 Nao Street. Please check his website to verify available spots. Clay and Wine (April 3, 10, 17, 24) Learners enjoy a…

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2023 NATIONAL AWARDS FOR CRAFTS

Álvaro M. Leiro wins Spain’s 2023 Artisan of the Year Award

By Spain for Design / January 29, 2024 / Comments Off on Álvaro M. Leiro wins Spain’s 2023 Artisan of the Year Award

On December 15, 2023, Galician artisan Álvaro M. Leiro received one of the highest honours in crafts in Spain, the prestigious Premio Nacional de Artesanía (National Award), at the sixteenth edition of the National Craft Awards. Convened annually by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism through the School of Industrial Organization (EOI) and its craft promotion arm, Fundesarte,…

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ILOEMA

2023 Made in Spain Holiday Gift Guide

By Spain for Design / November 27, 2023 / Comments Off on 2023 Made in Spain Holiday Gift Guide

Purposely pared back, this year’s holiday gift guide showcases Spain’s rich and varied ceramic, textile, glassmaking, and woodworking artisanal traditions. Plaart Located in Madrid, Plaart studio makes unique handcrafted contemporary ceramics. Founder Isabel San Martín is a graduate in fine arts and received specialized training in ceramic arts from the School of Art Francisco Alcántara and the Moncloa School of…

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Jug. Zaragoza, first quarter of the 16th century

Online Course on Spanish Domestic Silverware of the 16th and 17th Centuries

By Spain for Design / August 28, 2023 / Comments Off on Online Course on Spanish Domestic Silverware of the 16th and 17th Centuries

The Association of the Friends of the National Museum of Decorative Arts (La Asociación de Amigos del Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas) has organized a six-session online course, La Platería Doméstica Española de los Siglos XVI y XVII (Spanish Domestic Silverware of the 16th and 17th Centuries). Participants will learn about the characteristics of Spanish domestic…

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Idoia Cuesta basketry

Idoia Cuesta: Fusion of Art and Artisan

By Spain for Design / April 24, 2023 /

When you view the pieces of Idoia Cuesta, the line between art and artisanship begins and ends as one. She describes her work as the “fusion of basketry with textiles and the versatility of the resulting piece through the combination of organic materials with different craft techniques.”. A longstanding admirer of her work, I was happy…

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Kima Guitart Exhibition

Cassandra: Kima Guitart Exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts

By Spain for Design / April 10, 2023 / Comments Off on Cassandra: Kima Guitart Exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts

To speak with my voice: the ultimate. I did not want anything more, anything different. Cassandra, by Christa Wolf On March 30, Spain’s National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid inaugurated the exhibition Cassandra, featuring the works of textile artist Kima Guitart. Cassandra is her vision of the myth of Cassandra, a symbol of unheard…

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Madrid Design Festival 2023: Showcasing the Best of Spanish Design

By Spain for Design / March 13, 2023 / Comments Off on Madrid Design Festival 2023: Showcasing the Best of Spanish Design

The Madrid Design Festival which began in February is taking place at various locations around Madrid and online. The only festival in Spain that brings together all design disciplines, including architecture, graphic and interior design, hybridizing them in a contemporary and innovative format. This year’s event, the sixth edition, sees the participation of over eighty…

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Asturian-based Studio Woodic Honoured with Nomination for Spains’s Prestigious National Craft Awards (15th Edition)

By Spain for Design / January 23, 2023 / Comments Off on Asturian-based Studio Woodic Honoured with Nomination for Spains’s Prestigious National Craft Awards (15th Edition)

Woodic-a contraction of the words wood and ceramic- is the art studio that ceramicist Natalia Suárez opened in a small village in the northern community of Asturias in 2018. A graduate of the University of Barcelona in Fine Arts with a specialty in design, she pursued further education in Artistic Ceramics at the Barcelona Arts…

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Lorenzo Design Plier Bowl

2022 Made in Spain Holiday Gift Guide: Functional Art Pieces

By Spain for Design / November 14, 2022 / Comments Off on 2022 Made in Spain Holiday Gift Guide: Functional Art Pieces

This curated selection of made-in-Spain pieces has wonderful gift ideas for the discerning recipient. Representing some of the best of Spain’s artisan traditions-leathercraft, ceramic, textile, woodwork- they stand out as purely art pieces as well as functional objects. All items are available online or by special order and can be shipped outside of Spain. José…

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The Iron Arts Tradition in Spain is Focus of Online Course

By Spain for Design / September 5, 2022 / Comments Off on The Iron Arts Tradition in Spain is Focus of Online Course

The Friends of the National Museum of Decorative Arts Association (La Asociación de Amigos del Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas) has organized a six-session online course, Las artes del hierro y la forja artística, (The iron arts and artistic wrought iron ). Participants will learn about the significance of iron in the history of Spanish and…

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Sagarminaga Atelier

Profile: Sagarminaga Atelier: Telling Stories with Fiber Art

By Spain for Design / April 25, 2022 / Comments Off on Profile: Sagarminaga Atelier: Telling Stories with Fiber Art

“At Sagarminaga Atelier we are passionate about telling stories, those of natural fibers that are expressed and transformed through our hands.“ In 2017, Gabriela de Sagarminaga created Sagarminaga Atelier, a craft studio and workshop born of an illusion: to collect an ancient tradition, the craft of vegetable fibers. It is her material of choice for exclusive…

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