Ceramic designer Paula Casella shares the artisans who inspire her when creating her own pieces
Pottery and ceramics have been experiencing a boom for some time now that has brought back traditional craftsmanship but, in many cases, with a modern and interesting twist. It’s a trend that has given ceramic objects new life and a place in our contemporary lifestyle.
Argentinian artist Paula Casella Biase (@paulacasellabiase) is one of the leading examples in this renaissance of all things handmade.These are some of the potters who inspire her the most:
The hands that shape these pieces of white enameled black clay are those of Sage Cortez. Undoubtedly one of Casella's favorites, Cortez is an American ceramist who makes each object she creates unique by playing with textures and transparencies.
Lola Giardino is Nonabruna, the pseudonym that she uses to sign her clay pieces, in which organic textures and soft colors that evoke the tranquility of Casella’s own work:peace and love of nature are never lacking. Lola teaches the Creative Ceramics: Give Shape to Your Ideas with Artisanal Technique course at Domestika, in which she shows you how to take your first steps in hand formed pottery.
As usually happens with everything made by hand, every one Eva's Sand pieces is unique. In her catalog, you can find all kinds of tableware, utensils and accessories inspired by the rustic, imperfect, and spontaneous style she applies to the pieces molded in her Madrid workshop.
From her studio in the Spanish island of Ibiza, Carola Barroch makes handcrafted pieces inspired by the sea, and the spirit of her surroundings. She gravitates towards ceramics made with black clay and use them to play with enamels and colors, especially blue and green tones.
Minimalism is the hallmark of Francis Pineda-Fischer, better known as Sandwich Ceramic. He gives prominence to the shapes of his dishes over the decoration, enamels and colors, to create limited edition objects.
What makes Catie Miller’s creations differentis the tints and glazes she applies to them. All her pieces exude joy and optimism and seem made especially for spring and summer, always ready to fill a room with color and become the center of attention.
Miyaya's modern and daring ceramics carry the 'made in Spain' seal and strive for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly world. The pieces emulate single-use containers, but with materials designed to last that you’d want to use a thousand times.
Powdered shades and a characteristic gold border make Somos Bonjour tableware and ornaments a classic of modern ceramics. This is another of Paula Casella's favorite ceramic studios, she points out the monogrammed tableware as the star of their collection.
If María Monasterio's work stands out for something, it is for the diversity of materials and styles that can be found in her catalog: from hands that hold all kinds of fauna and flora, to classic tableware pieces or vases shaped like shoes. Geometry, flowers and animals are fixed elements of her pottery.
Under the name of Hello Made, Amber Feng creates delicate pieces of tableware, many of them finished with drawings of colored fish made as if they were watercolors, that could awaken and inspire anyone's imagination.
Did you know all the ceramic artists on this list?
Paula Casella teaches the Domestika course Ceramics at Home for Beginners, where she explains how to take your first steps molding the clay, and also Ceramic Glazing for Beginners, where you can learn how to use decorative techniques on ceramics with different materials and give life to your pieces.
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