How did you find your style?
In Andalusia, old olive trees are rotten and damaged, so when I started using this wood I had problems; I couldn’t use it in the same way as good quality wood. I decided the best way to use it was to create natural amphora, removing the broken wood, giving it a brightness and attractiveness.
What inspires you?
Inspiration comes during the process of turning, since I must shape the wood in such a way that it doesn’t break. Size is also an inspiration – I always want to make pieces as big as possible and I have to find the most appropriate wood for this.
© Antonio Ruiz
What do you love most about your work?
Finishing the piece! It's very satisfying. The most important thing is that the work takes shape and turns out well. Because sometimes while being turned, the piece breaks, and then you have lost all the time you have put into it and you have nothing.
Has there been a memorable moment in your career?
Winning prizes! It’s great to have that recognition, and to see people’s reactions to my work. Often they are amazed and don’t understand how they are made. In one place where I exhibited, people thought they were ceramic pieces, and when they realised it was wood, they were astonished!