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Stunning creations by the ceramic artist Alberto Bustos


Alberto Bustos: “sHeno” Porcelain + stoneware

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. 


Alberto Bustos: “…” Porcelain, pigments and glaze

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!


Alberto Bustos in action

My next article will be about my upcoming event on 11 December 2016, a date worth saving!

Caroline Fuss – paints strong impressions from her subconcious


Caroline Fuss: Zürich 16 – 2016 – Oil on Canvas – 120x160cm

After a morning rehearsal, my singing colleague Caroline Fuss and I sit down and have lunch together in Zürich. It is a hot summer day and we casually start talking about her art.

Born near Paris, she had always been fascinated by the world of painting. Only as recently as 2006 did she made the conscious decision to take the first step towards becoming a visual artist. Gradually, this has become a natural and essential way of expressing herself. Everything she sees and perceives now feeds her need to paint.


To Caroline, painting is not only about spreading colours on a canvas. She digests all she sees, feels and memorizes in slow conscious and subconscious processes. She needs this element to be able to feel completely free in front of a canvas. After her initial explorations she decided to stop using images and photos for her work, but rather wanted her subconscious to unfold itself with its rich reservoir of images, colours, emotions and impressions. When beginning a new picture, she has a vague direction in mind. Layer after layer this direction becomes clearer. Meanwhile she keeps an open mind about the outcome. She works daily in her studio, so she can feel an intimacy, a fusion between herself and her art work.

Painting in series is her preference as only then she can feed her obsession with a topic. Currently, she has developed three series: Salzburg, Zürich and Self-portraits. This allows her to go further and further into her sensations, memories and subconscious; as well as to develop her painting techniques.


Caroline Fuss: Salzburg – Postcard 13 – 2014 – Acrylic on Paper – ca 18x14cm


Caroline’s favoured mediums are oil and acrylic. She often uses her hands and whole body to create the movement she wants. She paints on medium to large-scale canvasses. She especially likes the soft, tactile sensation of oil paint – building layer on layer, creating depth and dimension.

Artists Caroline is inspired by:
1) Zao Wou-ki – for his lyrical abstract art and his use of oils
2) Anselm Kiefer – for his multi-layered, large-scale works and his installations
3) Les Fauves  – a group of artists, especially Kees van Dongen, for his strong, pure colour expression

She is inspired by following techniques: construction, deconstruction and fusion.


Caroline Fuss: Self-portrait 4 – 2013 – Acrylic on Canvas Panels – 60x50cm

Artistic challenge

Caroline’s challenge is to achieve recognition and excellence. She strives to connect deeply with the observer’s emotions and intellect.

Next exhibition: American Women’s club – Höschgasse 38, 8008 Zürich from 3 January – 26 February 2017.

Visit her website

Jong-min Lee – meditations in white


Jong-min Lee

I came across Jong-min Lee’s porcelain art very recently on Facebook. Instantly, I was filled with awe and wonder looking at the images of his work. The shapes and curves of his appealing objects seem perfect in balance and proportion. The white porcelain conveys a strong tranquil spiritual quality. Jong-min, a practicing Buddhist, plays with light and shadow by varying the angles he cuts. The observer sees different movements, depending on how light falls and the onlooker’s proximity.

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His interesting carving patterns mimic different wave shapes and formations found in nature, which is his source of inspiration. He experiences directly and is influenced by the four distinctive seasons at his studio in Anseong, Korea. There he goes through meditative, transformative and creative processes carving his observations into the walls of his objects. An enormous amount of focus and patience is needed for this skill. Furthermore, his passion to create the extraordinary, help him struggle – always pushing his limits in his 10 hour working day!

He carves up to five times when the porcelain is bone-dry and uses strong, sharp, dental tools. He then proceeds to clean-up after which the objects go into the first firing called the flower of life. About 5 objects fill his kiln at a time. After the first firing they are dipped very quickly into clear, transparent glaze. Then another clean-up follows and into the kiln they go a second time. He has an exact burning curve he follows and has a success rate of 70 percent. Jong-min fires in a gas kiln and the reduction firing process produces a stunning white, slightly blue note.

Jong-min does not recycle his porcelain which is cut off while throwing, trimming or carving. He has to do this to avoid getting iron in his clay body. His objects stay purely white, producing the perfect canvases he needs for his carvings.

I heard via the grapevine (a birdy singing) that Jong-min might be exhibiting in Switzerland in the near future. That would be fantastic!

For more information about this inspiring artist and his works, please visit his  web-site

I would like to thank Jong-min Lee for his permission to use his images and information and am very happy to be in contact with him as I am a great admirer of his works.