Art and Artisan Traditions

Spanish Talavera Ceramic

Events, News

By Spain for Design / January 31, 2021 /

Online Course on Introduction to Spanish Historical Ceramics The Friends of the National Museum of Decorative Arts Association (La Asociación de Amigos del Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas), a private non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and supporting the conservation, study, and dissemination of the cultural heritage holdings of the National Museum of Decorative Arts…

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SISLEY MUG

2020 Made in Spain Gift Ideas from the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza Shop

By Spain for Design / November 30, 2020 /

Before the confinement due to COVID 19, online shopping was growing in popularity during the holiday season. It has become essential for many businesses during the pandemic and led to an increase in the number of e-commerce websites. Although the virtual experience does not have the sensory delights that many find to be the most…

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RFC NUMBER 7 BY MAYICE STUDIO

Profile: Mayice Studio: Illuminating Artisanal Traditions with Technology

By Spain for Design / October 5, 2020 / Comments Off on Profile: Mayice Studio: Illuminating Artisanal Traditions with Technology

I recently saw an interview with renowned French decorator Jacques García who, speaking about his maximalist design tendencies, surmised that minimalism is easy if one has nothing in one’s head, but difficult to achieve if it is full. Far from being the former, the minimalist designs of Madrid-based studio Mayice Studio is a complex interplay…

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Ebonized chestnut wood

Espiral de Virutas: Nature’s Art

By Spain for Design / September 28, 2020 / Comments Off on Espiral de Virutas: Nature’s Art

“Before I began to work with wood in 2000, I did a bit of everything. I studied fashion design at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. I designed for others, sold insurance, sold underwear, was a gas station attendant, ran a family car washing and mechanics business, activities that led me to slow down, to take…

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Masquespacio Mas Creations - 1- Cookie Pot Family + Block Chair Down

New Pieces for Mas Creations collection by Masquespacio

By Spain for Design / September 19, 2020 / Comments Off on New Pieces for Mas Creations collection by Masquespacio

Ana Hernández and Christophe Penasse, co-founders of Valencia-based studio Masquespacio, have launched several new pieces to add to the collections of their new brand Mas Creations. Block Chairs is a family of dining chairs that is notable for its particular form, contrast of materials, and color. Composed of marble, stainless steel, wood, velvet fabrics, it…

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Graphic Design by Santamarina Design

José Santamarina: El Maestro

By Spain for Design / August 31, 2020 / Comments Off on José Santamarina: El Maestro

With over 50 years in the industry, Oviedo-born José Santamarina Laviada, the co-founder of Santamarina Diseñadores, is a reference in the field of graphic art in Spain. Throughout his career, he has designed graphic and logo design, brand identity, signage, brochures, books, packaging, and illustration. From 1961 to 1963, he worked as a teacher at…

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Tadanori

Tadanori Yamaguchi: Shaped by Nature

By Spain for Design / August 23, 2020 / Comments Off on Tadanori Yamaguchi: Shaped by Nature

Sculptor Tadanori Yamaguchi completed studies in painting in his native Japan. During the year before graduation, he accepted an offer of an internship with a sculptor and thus began his dedication to this art form. He has lived and worked in Asturias since 1998, after receiving a grant to study in Spain from the Spanish Ministry of…

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Butternipple Pieces by Woodic

Woodic: Bringing Technology to the Traditional

By Spain for Design / August 17, 2020 / Comments Off on Woodic: Bringing Technology to the Traditional

Woodic -a contraction of wood + ceramic- is the ceramic art studio that Natalia Suarez opened 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 and Crafts School in Llotja, San Andreu. Natalia’s work reflects her…

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UN NIDO PENS

Un Nido de Culebras: Innovative Leather Art

By Spain for Design / August 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Un Nido de Culebras: Innovative Leather Art

“Where do ideas come from, ways of making…? Well, from the world, from all those who made in the past and those who make in the present. What do I know?” Narciso Galan Narciso Galan (Somines, Grado, Asturias) The story of Narciso Galan’s studio Un Nido de Culebras began in 1987. “I have never worked…

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CERAMICA SOLUNA

Ceramica Soluna: Faces and Masks

By Spain for Design / August 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Ceramica Soluna: Faces and Masks

Originally from Madrid, María Tejada (“Marietta”) creates ceramics from her studio, Cerámica Soluna, in Cudillero, Asturias. She came to the craft by chance, through a friend who was studying it in Madrid. She took courses to learn more about it and moved to Asturias in 2006, where she continued to perfect her technique. Her pieces-…

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Holding On by Cristina Mato

Cristina Mato: Clay in Motion

By Spain for Design / July 27, 2020 /

Cristina Mato is a ceramic artist, based in Oviedo. “I started ceramics as a hobby 15 years ago. I immediately knew that it was my calling. I kept at it, taking lessons at the Escuela Municipal de Artes Plásticas de Oviedo, and participating in workshops with ceramic masters. The beginning of my artistic career took…

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Black Pottery and Woodic ceramic

Asturias for Artisans

By Spain for Design / July 20, 2020 / Comments Off on Asturias for Artisans

Asturias has a wealth of artisan traditions, notably in wood, metal crafts, bladesmith (knives from Taramundi), and pieces made with azabachea (jet stone). Artisans in Asturias continue to work in traditional crafts, but many are making them contemporary by, for example, using technology in their processes. Others are dispensing with traditional ways of making and finding their…

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