Porcelain has always been present in his life. As a child, he only had to go to the ground floor of his home in Madrid’s Ciudad Jardín neighborhood, where his father’s porcelain factory – ceramicist Francisco Gálvez Santiago – was to immerse himself in a world rich in colors and shapes marked by the scent of enamel and the heat of the kilns. He grew up among the art of making ceramics, molds and brushes, painting, staining himself, observing how craftsmen worked… When he returned from school, or on his holidays, he worked as an apprentice and gave his hand in the workshop. Thus, his jump from high school to Official School of Ceramics Francisco Alcantara of MadridIt was a natural step. In 2023, Francisco Galvez Brown It will celebrate 30 years of the potter’s business. A new cycle somehow started a few months ago, when he left the half-century family home, which had also housed his workshop for decades, to move into a new home. home studywhere he coexists with his work with tools, furnaces, combinations of dyes and oxides … he welcomes us here, old warehouse With an area of 200 square meters, he turned it into a place to create and exhibit his contemporary ceramic works. They are unique pieces made in fire-resistant clay with two or three times firing at temperatures between 900°C and 1270°C. White floor to ceiling, very clean and tidy, in different areas and angles, carefully placed, the volumes of clay he makes, makes, cooks and decorates sparkle to the rhythm of a set each year. Of course, draw them first. He tells us, “I spend days, weeks, months…, as long as it takes, drawing, until the series is finished in terms of line, shape, and finish.” “I love drawing so much that I use ceramics as a canvas.” These volumes express his passion for art through their decoration, with tribal, geometric or vegetal motifs, which he picks up on clay, either with carvings, bas-reliefs, slits, or painted motifs. Artists such as Robert and Sonia Delony, Joan Miró, Alexandre Calder, Brancusi, Isamu Noguchi, Jean Arp, and Henri Matisse, among others, are reviewers. Spaniard Eduardo Arroyo noted his ceramic pieces and painted them in two of his works. The Former President Bill Clinton, model Eugenia Silva These are some of the characters who fell in love with his pieces as well. Now he is preparing his new collection, which he will be launching in an exhibition at the end of April at Tiempos Modernos, a gallery that has been showing his work since 2007. He is already considering a notable collection to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Ceramic live.
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