As a way to reintegrate what is simple and slow in her life, POLS CERAMIC’s founder seeks balance through everyday objects, while diving into the notion of freedom in her new VOLÀTIL ceramic series created specially for RI HOUSE. Glòria reveals to us the beating heart of her work through her creative process and aesthetic vision.
WHAT CAN BE EXPRESSED THROUGH CERAMICS?
It’s a work that to be understood requires time and attention. How the material reacts to the hand’s gesture, how it changes with temperature or humidity, even how it absorbs the mood, energy and fragility of the person who touches it. I like to feel that with ceramics I can make tangible things, sensations or feelings that are hidden inside.
TELL US MORE ABOUT THE MATERIAL, ABOUT THE MUD.
Clay is the workshop’s main material and there are many types. Each one has a different composition and also different characteristics. Some are more docile and can be handled better, others are more resistant or more abrasive, and I am constantly adapting to their characteristics. There is a continuous dialogue between the mud, my hands, my sensations, ideas, and feelings. It’s a very rich dialogue from which I can draw simple ideas or conclusions and apply them in my daily life. Aspects such as patience, admiration and magic are just some of the virtues I rediscover from working every day with this material.
AND HOW IS YOUR CREATION PROCESS?
I work on a wheel using no molds, so each piece is unique. It is made from a piece of clay and sculptured with my hands. I like to work freely, create pieces just for the sake of letting them be. I allow the pieces to guide the creation process while I contemplate, enjoy and learn with each one of them.
IS THERE ANY PLACE IN PARTICULAR THAT INSPIRES YOU?
I think above all nature. Forests, shadows, the humid earth, the light that filters through the leaves, the sky and its ever changing colors… At the same time, I also like to be aware of my inner world and allow myself to get lost in it. Lose myself in a touch or a color, in a shape or the printed words of a book, even in music or a broken silence.
WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE VOLATILE SERIES?
I wanted the main character to be the material, that’s it. When I began to work on it on a surface flat, it moved. It seemed as it didn’t want to be static, like it wanted to be free in a way. Then I looked at the shadows the piece created when defining the curves and int that moment I knew I didn’t need to do much more.
HOW IS YOUR SPACE LIKE, THE SPACE YOU LOVE?
The workshop is my house, I feel at home every time I’m here. Sometimes if there is some time left I stay in, reading or contemplating the pieces at rest. It is a home that I love because it has given me so much. They are not just walls and a ceiling. It is a space in which I can create, in which I feel free to be myself, to let myself go, in which I concentrate, sometimes suffer, others dance, smile and contemplate. I feel alive when I am here.