“Whenever I try to describe what I do, I get very poetic and emotional. What I do is merely an extension of who I am and mostly how I perceive myself in a given moment”
Pottery and ceramics have been experiencing a boom for some time now that has brought back traditional craftsmanship but, in many cases, with a modern and interesting twist. It’s a trend that has given ceramic objects new life and a place in our contemporary lifestyle.
Having grown up in an environment out of the design industry, Soledad Berrocoso believes that her career path as a ceramic designer wasn’t a choice, it was always there, waiting to be discovered.
Originally from Madrid, Spain, Soledad, is predominantly a self-taught artist who has always been heavily inspired by nature, solid and plane geometry and the emotion through metaphors and paradoxes. Earth, soul and life. The three words describe easily the work of this award-winning ceramic-designer.
Her ceramics are characterized by endearing imperfections and softly misshapen forms. Soledad enhances the rustic appeal of the traditional craft through washes of color glaze, inviting drips and uneven brush strokes to grace each object’s surface.
Her name has become synonymous with a line of nature-inspired sculptures and objects made from various colored clays that she combines to develop soft, marbled swirls. As those experienced in the rigurous (and tedious) processes of ceramics can attest to, each piece takes patience, care, and time – seven to ten days alone for a piece, for example, to allow for drying and firing.
There are many steps to crafting ceramics: throwing, trimming, glazing among others. She cannot point out just one. Soledad loves the whole process, the transformation that happens after the firing, it is pretty magical for her. She loves watching something so soft flow into her idea/thought/creativity and become a hard object that lasts for a very long time. That fascinates her. However she highlights the raku pottery, an incredible ancient Japanese ceramics technique that has been used for centuries, originally to make tea pots. For potters, it´s an exciting technique, as there’s always the anticipation of how each piece may turn out with so many different variables.
At first glance, each piece looks like a conceptual sculpture. And the colour is such a powerful thing. For her early work, Soledad used more traditional glazes that were very earthy and raw. Currently, and depending on the piece, she finds the blue palette made with cobalt oxide very relevant her state-of-the-art ceramic design.