Artists At The Studio

Judy McCaig. Fragments That Became Jewels

Judy McCaig. Fragments That Became Jewels

    I arranged to meet Judy McCaig one Friday morning.  We were lucky since it was a sunny day.   Un divendres al matí vaig quedar amb la Judy McCaig i vàrem tenir la sort de gaudir d’un dia assolellat.         In the same flat where she lives, in the Raval area [...]


Emiliana Design: Jewelry and Industrial Design

Emiliana Design: Jewelry and Industrial Design

    A few days ago, in the Gràcia area of Barcelona, I visited Ana Mir and Emili Padrós, a couple of industrial designers who started the Emiliana Design Studio where they have worked in different fields for more than fifteen years creating very small objects, like jewels and chocolate pieces, to urban furniture, exhibitions [...]


Pilar Cotter and Her Passion for Porcelain

Pilar Cotter and Her Passion for Porcelain

  Pilar Cotter’s workshop is located in the Poble Nou area of Barcelona, in a space she shares with two working jewelers and a painter. She defines it as  “the territory where I find responses to many things that intrigue me, a space to share, full of conversations and that represents a style of life.” [...]


Gemma Draper, Transforming Matter

Gemma Draper, Transforming Matter

      Gemma Draper moved a few months ago to a new studio, still in Barcelona. From the Raval district she moved to the Eixample, where she continues with her project, La Germinal, teaching courses and organizing conferences and other activities related to creativity. Outside it’s raining. Seated facing one each other, I enjoy [...]


The Workshop Majoral in Barcelona

The Workshop Majoral in Barcelona

            Enric Majoral started working as a metalsmith 30 years ago and is the soul of the Majoral Company. During this time he has been surrounding himself with a good team and jewels made by the Majoral brand are actually designed by Enric, his son Roc, and Abril Ribera. Some [...]


Marc Monzó at His Workshop in Barcelona

Marc Monzó at His Workshop in Barcelona

    Marc Monzó shares a space with two designers in an ancient factory in downtown Barcelona where one can find the studios and workshops of different artisans, designers and artists, as well as an art gallery.   En Marc Monzó comparteix espai amb dos dissenyadors en una antiga fàbrica, al centre de Barcelona, on [...]


Marta Boan, Seeking The Essence

Marta Boan, Seeking The Essence

    Marta Boan works from the smallest of workshops at the Poble Espanyol, a tourist attraction in Barcelona where one can find artist workshops. She defines hers as simple and austere, luminous and comfortable, but minimal throughout, in synchonicity with the work she creates which is based on the simple reduction, both in size [...]


Koetània: Marta S. Blanco and Daniel Bellido at Their Shop/Workshop in Barcelona

Koetània: Marta S. Blanco and Daniel Bellido at Their Shop/Workshop in Barcelona

                                                              Photographs by Berta Tiana Alsina In the Rambla Blai in Barcelona, in the heart of the Poble Sec area, Marta S. Blanco and Daniel Bellido opened a new space dedicated to contemporary jewelry named Koetània just over one month ago.  In an ancient building, which previously housed a toy shop, Marta designed a modern [...]


Gustavo Fernández Molinari, or “Pitu,” at His Workshop in Formentera

Gustavo Fernández Molinari, or “Pitu,” at His Workshop in Formentera

In October, a few days before leaving Formentera, I visited Gustavo Fernández Molinari, or “Pitu,” at his workshop in El Pilar de la Mola. I have been there twice and both were intense meetings of shared information from which I have always left satisfied thanks to his trust in sharing enthusiasm with me. A l’octubre, [...]


Nolia Shakti at Her Studio in Amsterdam

Nolia Shakti at Her Studio in Amsterdam

When Nolia Shakti proposed a visit to her studio, I agreed immediately.  While in Amsterdam, where I traveled for a week last month, I met very friendly people and really enjoyed the city. Quan la  Nolia Shakti em va proposar de visitar el seu taller hi vaig estar de seguida d’acord. La gent amb qui em [...]


Andrea Wagner at Her Studio in Amsterdam

Andrea Wagner at Her Studio in Amsterdam

A few days ago I visited Andrea Wagner at her studio apartment in Amsterdam. Fa uns dies vaig visitar l’Andrea Wagner al seu estudi-apartament a Amsterdam. Brooch: Untitled 2006 Mixed media, a.o. bone china porcelain From The architect who faced his jardin interieur, 2006 Brooch: Twin Hill Catacombs 2008 Silver, pearls, druse, bone china porcelain, [...]


Silvia Walz and Ramon Puig Cuyàs, My Favorite Pair of Jewelers in Their Studio

Silvia Walz and Ramon Puig Cuyàs, My Favorite Pair of Jewelers in Their Studio

When I arrived in Vilanova i la Geltrú, a city near Barcelona, the first thing I did was go to the sea and walk along the pier of the harbor where I could see the flat where Silvia Walz and Ramon Puig Cuyàs live and have their workshop.  I think they are very fortunate because, for those of us who [...]


One Workshop for Two Great Jewelers: Philip Sajet and Beate Klockmann

One Workshop for Two Great Jewelers: Philip Sajet and Beate Klockmann

Last week I had the honor of visiting the workshop of Philip Sajet and Beate Klockmann in Latour de France, a village in the Roussillon area of France near Perpignan where they settled three years ago after moving from Amsterdam. Currently, in this silent corner of narrow streets, they create their jewelry without suffering big [...]


Nausica Masó at Her Shop/Workshop in Girona

Nausica Masó at Her Shop/Workshop in Girona

A few minutes after meeting Nausica Masó at her shop/workshop in Girona’s downtown I was infected by her sweetness and peace. Pocs minuts després de trobar-me amb la Nausica Masó a la seva botiga-taller situada al centre de Girona, em vaig contagiar de la seva dolçor i tranquilitat. Her grandfather was the architect Rafael Masó, a [...]


Andreas Schiffler Betweeen Formentera and Barcelona

Andreas Schiffler Betweeen Formentera and Barcelona

I met Andreas Schiffler ten years ago in Formentera. He set up home on the island in 1993 where he has since worked as a jeweler and now sells his pieces at La Mola Artisanal Market. Vaig conèixer l’Andreas Schiffler fa deu anys a Formentera. El 1993 es va instal·lar a l’illa, hi treballa de joier [...]


Tasmania: Ana Toledo and Jordi Sànchez at their workshop in Granollers (Barcelona)

Tasmania: Ana Toledo and Jordi Sànchez at their workshop in Granollers (Barcelona)

I visited the shop-workshop “Tasmania” located in Granollers on a Thursday, the day of the weekly market in this commercial city near Barcelona. Vaig visitar la botiga-taller “Tasmania” situada a Granollers un dijous, el dia que se celebra el mercat setmanal en aquesta ciutat comercial molt propera a Barcelona. When I arrived, Ana was busy with customers [...]


Josep Vilà-Clara, Ceramist from La Bisbal, at His Workshop

Josep Vilà-Clara, Ceramist from La Bisbal, at His Workshop

La Bisbal d’Empordà is a village near Girona in Catalonia (Spain) famous for ceramics. Vilà-Clara’s shop and workshop is the best reference for their innovative technologies since Josep contributed to the fabrication process keeping this area’s own characteristics of ceramics. His work is inspired by this Mediterranean country, as well as the luminosity and chromatism of the [...]


Enric Majoral at his studio in Formentera

Enric Majoral at his studio in Formentera

The conversation with Enric Majoral begins with an explanation of his projects as he enthusiastically shows me three-dimensional pieces made with lines of silver. For a few days, he has been experimenting with modules to create sequences that will become necklaces, bracelets or rings, all pieces definitively meant to be wearable. From the beginning, he [...]


Una estona al taller de la Marta Sànchez Oms (MSO Joies)

Una estona al taller de la Marta Sànchez Oms (MSO Joies)

El taller de la Marta és molt acollidor. En entrar vaig reconèixer el paper pintat de la paret que serveix de fons per algunes de les fotografies que he vist al seu blog. Em va rebre amb un somriure; és una persona alegre i vital, plena de projectes. Li agrada l’odre i al seu espai [...]