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Elsa Rebelo

Elsa Rebelo Ceramicist
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Portuguese, English, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+351 9695201179
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The life and soul of ceramics

  • • Elsa continues a family tradition
  • • She creates her pieces with passion
  • • Her works of art recount real life stories

Elsa Rebelo was destined to become a ceramicist. She grew up surrounded by ceramics: her home town Caldas da Rainha is a Portuguese city with a long ceramics history, her father was a ceramic sculptor who owned a ceramics manufacturer where Elsa spent her time during school holidays. She fondly remembers the hustle and bustle of the women preparing clay and piggy banks the shape of dogs with long ears. At eight years old she created her first piece: a candle holder with ceramic roses. Her passion for handmade ceramic techniques grew as she studied and perfected them with local masters. Her contemporary pieces tell narratives, based on real life experiences and encounters.

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Works

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Gratidão

This hand built sandstone sculpture explores the link between shapes and emotions. A bold, sumptuous, cobalt glaze accentuates the curves and expresses a feeling of deep, humble gratitude.

Height 23 cm
Length 30 cm

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Guerreira

Guerreira forms part of a series of sculptures crafted as a tribute to women. It tells the story of the warrior woman who “harvested pieces of life” to adorn her head and never ceased to progress. It was hand painted with glazes designed to enhance the physicality of the work.

Height 35 cm
Width 25 cm

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Guerreira

Guerreira forms part of a series of sculptures crafted as a tribute to women. It tells the story of the warrior woman who “harvested pieces of life” to adorn her head and never ceased to progress. It was hand painted with glazes designed to enhance the physicality of the work.

Height 33 cm
Width 45 cm

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Potomorphic vases

These hand painted ceramic vessels were designed to communicate with each other and express emotions.

Height 27 cm
Width 17 cm

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Vertigem

Simple shapes were assembled together to build the Vertigem sculpture. They were piled up in an almost perfect dizzying imbalance, to allow the piece to gain expression.

Height 50 cm
Width 25 cm

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