How would you define what you make?
I work on one-of-a-kind pieces, artistic pottery and the restoration of ceramics of the mudéjar era. I am inspired by the traditional patterns of the 15th and 16th centuries but I look at them with a contemporary eye, through the use of new materials and different colours like cobalt blue, red and yellow.
How does it feel to restore a historic building?
Emotions are very powerful when undertaking the restoration of something like the Sala de los Reyes in the Alhambra, Granada. You feel transported back to when it was built, you try to identify the techniques of yesteryear, and suddenly you feel the luxury and privilege of leaving a mark through your craft.
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What fascinates you most about ceramics?
The alchemy involved in it. The process of transformation involving earth, water and fire – it's almost magic. This is why I believe that more has to be done to educate the public. When I meet children, but also adults, they are so excited to even touch clay, and then by the whole creation process.
How important is teamwork in large scale projects?
In my workshop I have trained apprentices from all over the world, and when it comes to large scale commissions, it all comes down to teamwork. You share and learn from each other, there is mutual and constant exchange, you inspire each other and give a soul to your work.