Archive for January 17, 2007

Taller (Pronounced tay – ae)

I had a great day yesterday. By the way, Taller is spanish for workshop and it’s the title of this post because I went to a workshop. A friend of mine, Francesca, is a ceramic artist and graphics designer. She has a workshop near the Torassa metro staion in Barcelona.

I met with another friend, Keiko and we both headed out to Francesca’s taller. Kaeko, a clothes designer, wanted to see it to get an idea of what she could expect if she wanted a taller.

My first view on entering this huge loft was of Laura at work on a few of her pieces.

There are quite a few artists who share the loft and each has their own section. Most of them work in ceramics but I suspect there is a least one silk screen artist there. The loft is huge and one whole wall is window with the afternoon sun shining in.

Sophie, from south Wales, works beside Laura and Francesca’s area.

Francesca comes here to work on her ceramics and other creations. She fuses glass with ceramics and comes up with some very interesting pieces. One of her pieces she is working on ..

The place is full of interesting little pieces that are just laying around on desks ….

on little shelves

stuck in the corners

under mirrors (no that’s not a master’s impression of moi)

It was like a huge toy shop, so many things to see ……

Even Francesca, who is there all the time, is still in love with all the aspects of this wonderful place. She had a great time showing Keiko all the pieces from other artist’s areas. You can see Keiko is having a blast.

I had to get Francesca to do a little work so I could take some photos of her in her element.

She started to get into it, look at her concentration.


You could see all kinds of items, some used for inspiration, some tools, rejections, experiments.

Laura kept working while we were there. I guess she had to have some pieces ready for the next steps.

There was a collection of music to match the powerful ambience that was in the studio.

Depending on where you were in the loft, determined how you felt, it was really incredible that these artists had created such a variation of ambience. Just behind these shelves was a sitting area where you could rejeuvenate. They had everything there.

I got a good picture of Laura working with the light coming in from the windows ..

On leaving, I had to get a shot of Francesca’s tradmark cat.

You know, when I met Keiko at the metro, the sky was grey and the light was not good for taking photos. Once we got there, the clouds had cleared and bright sunshine was lighting up the whole studio. I had a great time there. Such a powerful place that is dripping with creative forces and yet so peaceful.

I can see how artists can escape.

January 17, 2007 at 2:08 pm 2 comments


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