Simple things I love with a little story // February

Here goes the second part of this new column sharing with you some of the things I have found or been given, why they make me happy and a little story behind.

Esta es ya la segunda parte de una columna nueva donde comparto imágenes de objetos que he encontrado o he recibido, que me hacen feliz y donde describo una pequeña historia de donde vienen.

Things I like porcelain pot eclectictrends

Image 1: this is the most fragile piece of a porcelain series I am producing right now. It has no further proposal than giving me joy on my office desk and I keep it for organizing post its and book marks. It came out of an experiment with layering kitchen paper soaked in liquid porcelain around a card board shape. And here you see what is left after the firing process. I want to have it close to me as a reminder how much I love porcelain and to be consistent with my work.

Image 2: this a jade fish bought on this in the middle of nowhere located  jade street market in Hong Kong like 12 years ago. Since then I am dreaming of going back. I bought 6 different pieces there which were all told to be antique. I don’t mind if they are not. I have a thing with jade (that’s why you’ll find me always in a China Town whenever I travel) but hardly find pieces that are not very touristy.

Image 3: I love coral but would never buy it. I found these pieces at an island belonging to Lombok ( Gili Trawanagan) 2 summers ago. When the tide is high at full moon, the sea wash ups next morning hundreds and hundreds of pieces of coral. It’s an amazing scenery. You just walk along the shore picking them up. Sadly they used to do fish bombing in the 90’s damaging the coral reefs and all these separated individual pieces are still on the sea ground and coming up once a month. The good news is they are restoring the coral reefs now and you find huge cages underwater connected to a low and protected electricity speeding up the growth of natural coral.

Imagen 1: esta es la primera pieza de una serie de porcelana que estoy produciendo ahora. No tiene más propósito de alegrarme la vista. A veces la utilizo para guardar cosas del escritorio como post its. Forma parte de una serie experimentos donde utilizo capas de papel cocina empapadas en porcelana líquida y envuelvo von ello un molde de cartón. Lo que queda después del proceso de cocer, es lo que veis. Lo tengo cerca para recordarme cuanto me gusta la porcelana y para ir más a menudo al taller.

Imagen 2: este pez de jade lo compré hace mucho años en aquel mercadillo en medio de la nada en Hong Kong. Y desde entonces tengo muchas ganas de volver. Adquirí 6 piezas diferentes, supuestamente antiguas. Pero no me importa si no lo fueran. Me atrae mucho el jade, y procuro siempre cuando viajo visitar los diferentes china towns del mundo aunque lo que se encuentra ya es muy turístico.

Imagen 3: Me encanta el coral pero nunca lo compraría. Estas piezas las he encontrado en Gili Trawanagan, una isla que pertenece a Lombok, hace dos veranos. En luna llena con la marea alta, el mar trae a la orilla la mañana siguiente el coral amontonándolo y lo puedes recoger a tu gusto. ¡Es un espectáculo! Pescaron en los 90 con dinamita y claro, rompieron los arrecifes, de allí que hay tanta pieza suelta y muerta en el fondo de mar. Pero la buena noticia es que con muy baja electricidad enchufada a jaulas gigantes (y muy protegido) están creando de nuevo los arrecifes naturales.

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2 Responses

  1. More lovely things:) What an interesting technique to use kitchen paper with porcelain, I love the effect it gives. What a special find the coral would be, I could imagine that it would be quite spectacular to see them all washed up on the beach like that but it’s good to know that they’re restoring the area finally…

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