Notes on the IAC Congress, Barcelona
The morning sessions were devoted to presentations by a wide range of artists, curators, architects and designers, who addressed intersection of ceramics and architecture in both historical and contemporary terms.
While I enjoyed several, two presentations were of note to me. The first was by an architecture team from Valencia, Spain, who are associated with Centro de Investigacion y Difusion del la Ceramica Nolla. Xavier Laumain and Angela Lopez Sabafter design site specific spaces with exterior ceramic floors and roofs. They presented their design process as well as their collaboration with a small family-based manufacturing business that produces ceramic components by slip casting and hydraulic pressing. The second was by Roberta Griffith, an independent artist, teacher and writer, who chronicled her personal working relationship with Joesp Llorens Artigas, and subsequently, the architectural ceramic collaboration of Artigas and Joan Miró.
Many ceramic exhibitions were open throughout the city as well as the Academy members’ exhibition at Barcelona’s new Design Museum (Museu del Disseny de Barcelona). An exhibition of contemporary ceramics from Israel and Slovenia was quite impressive, as was an exhibition of ceramic manufacturing tools: dies for hydraulic pressing and molds for slip casting.
Being able to meet and talk with ceramic artists from all over the globe and attending the presentations and exhibitions made the 2016 IAC congress a very meaningful event for me, and so was experiencing the city of Barcelona.
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