Cogorderos

Cogorderos. Ein Dorf in der spanischen Provinz León mit knapp 70 Einwohnern, einer Bar, einer Bäckerei, einem Storch (der den Kirchturm anstelle des Pfarrers bewacht), keinem Geschäft aber dafür einer Keramikschule. Ziel meiner sommerlichen Reisen dieses Jahr. Mein Zuhause während 6 Wochen des Lebens, Lernens, Lesens und vor allem Schlemmens.

Gemeinsam mit einem Igel, jeder Menge Schwalben und noch mehr verrückten italienischen, spanischen und sogar einem amerikanischen Keramiker niste ich mich in dem Vierkanthof ein, verbringe die Tage im Studio, in der Küche, an der frischen Luft. Liebe Menschen und fantastische Künstler wie Toni Soriano, Carla Spaggiari, David Davison, Vanni Gritti, Javier Fanlo, Marimar Buron, Arturo Castán, Josep María Mariscal und Emidio Galassi nehmen mich unter ihre Fittiche und bringen mir ihre Zugänge zur Keramik und zum Leben näher.

Hier ein paar Eindrücke. Leider war ich wieder mal viel zu beschäftigt um viele Fotos zu machen…

Cogorderos. A village in the province of León, Spain that counts with roughly 70 inhabitants, one bar, a bakery, a stork (in charge of guarding the church tower in absence of the priest), no shops but – can you believe it? – a school for ceramics. My home and place of learning, good food and wonderful conversations this summer (which is now, sadly but irreversibly, running to an end).

From mid-July to the end of August I get to live with and learn from a crew of incredibly loving and wildly enthusiastic artists, among them Toni Soriano, Carla Spaggiari, David Davison, Vanni Gritti, Javier Fanlo, Marimar Buron, Arturo Castán, Josep María Mariscal and Emidio Galassi. They accept me as part of the team, put up with my initially inadequate Spanish, show me the ropes and satisfy my hunger for ceramics and both Italian and Spanish delicacies.

Unfortunately, I was far too busy (or lazy) to take a good number of photos. But I did take some… Here you go.

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View of the patio. “Expressive” throwing with David.
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Carmele burnishing a pot in the morning sun..
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Emidio building an adobe structure.
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Ducks, ducks, ducks. One of David´s favourite exercises. Poppies and wheat in the background.
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Pieces from “Cerámica primitiva”. Primitive techniques and low firing (bucchero).
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Burnished pieces before the firing.
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Bucchero black.
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La hoguera.

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Cristalline glazes.
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Glaze theorie. Tests, tests and more tests.
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View of the patio in the morning light.
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The stork.
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Wheat, poppies and lush greens.
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Summer in Cogorderos.

 

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