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Xavier Toubes

Xavier Toubes Ceramicist
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A poetic presence

  • • Xavier is originally from Galicia
  • • He is a professor at the Art Institute in Chicago
  • • He was a finalist in the Loewe prize 2020 edition

In the early 1970s, Xavier Toubes was living in London, and after becoming interested in ceramics, he began to take pottery evening classes. It all started then and throughout the years his philosophy of “thinking is making” has taken him to live in different places. From the Netherlands to the United States, he has been led by his belief in creating objects, in his words, with a ”physical and poetic presence”. His nomadic life and inner curiosity have shaped his constant interest in learning and being inspired by his endless research of all things, contemporary and past. He has a physical relationship with clay, seeing him at work is like experiencing a dance where his hands shape, roll, stack, pinch, colour and incise, before the final firing, when the object is brought to life.

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Works

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Abandon14

This sculptural ceramic piece, made during the Covid-19 pandemic, is part of Xavier Toubes’s Abandon series. The sculpture was fired multiple times at 2000 and 1060 degrees Celsius. The work focuses on poetry, discovery and rediscovery.

Length 24 cm
Width 28 cm
Height 52 cm

Xavier Toubes Ceramicist
Photo: ©Xavier Toubes
Abandon15

This sculptural ceramic piece, made during the Covid-19 pandemic, is part of Xavier Toubes’s Abandon series. The sculpture was fired multiple times at 2000 and 1060 degrees Celsius. Xavier works in series, often at the same time and in different studios and locations.

Length 31 cm
Width 25 cm
Height 59 cm

Xavier Toubes Ceramicist
Photo: ©Xavier Toubes
Abandon16

This sculptural ceramic piece, made during the Covid-19 pandemic, is part of Xavier Toubes’s Abandon series. Xavier works in series, often at the same time and in different studios and locations. He hybridizes all of these, juxtaposing, destroying, covering, erasing, in a movement that generates increasing demand to be in the studio.

Length 28 cm
Width 24 cm
Height 57 cm

Xavier Toubes Ceramicist
Photo: ©Tom van Eynde
PushMoon4 FLOR33

This sculptural ceramic piece is part of Xavier Toubes’s FLOR series, an attempt to view the work with a mixture of sensuous possibilities. Made with clay the object is fluid, electrical, absurd, theatrical and existential. The intention is to present fluttering inventions.

Length 25.5 cm
Width 18 cm
Height 73.6 cm

Xavier Toubes Ceramicist

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