Looking at Alberto’s ceramic work inevitably makes me smile inwardly as I love the way he shows the wild pressing force of nature through cement-like cracks, blocks or circles, always finding a way into the light – breathing and living. He wants to draw the onlooker’s attention to the fragility of nature which is threatened by manˋs greed and destruction. I see how nature still finds its way to live in spite of atrocious circumstances.
Words by Thich Nhat Hanh come to my mind: What we most need to do is to hear within us the sound of the Earth crying.
This artist is making a name for himself internationally by taking part in competitions and exhibitions. He feels a lack of recognition in Spain for ceramics as a recognised art form. He works with stoneware and porcelain and the colouring is mostly done with pigments.
Alberto loves the mountains and being in nature. In his small studio beside a street in Spain he works on his well-planned creations. He has just recently taught a successful master class in Nimes in Belgium and his next master class is planned for November in Seville in Spain.
I look forward to working with him November 2017, when he comes to Basel in Switzerland to teach. He has a website, but says he is much more active on Facebook where he has a big following. He likes to engage with his followers and regularly publishes photos of his works. You can also find images of his fabulous work on Pinterest, where he shows how he packs his smallish kiln and builds up his work.
I thank Alberto for letting me write this small article on him and look forward to getting to know him better next year. The Swiss mountains will no doubt inspire him with plenty of fresh air and many breathtaking views!
My next article will be about my upcoming event on 11 December 2016, a date worth saving!