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José-Luis Bazán

  • Leatherworker
  • Benaocaz, Spain
  • Master Artisan
José-Luis Bazán Leatherworker
Contact
Spanish, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+34 679236772
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A life in leather

  • • José-Luis is a third generation leatherworker
  • • He approaches leather research like a detective or scientist
  • • He loves training students in his workshop and considers them family

José-Luis Bazán is the son and grandson of leatherwork artisans, and therefore has long been immersed in the rich tradition of leatherwork developed over many centuries in Ubrique, Spain. In his studio, he draws on these leatherwork traditions and his own research to create innovative, contemporary leather objects for everyday use. He is particularly inspired by the nature that surrounds him. “Nature is so vast here, and there is a very special light that produces pastel colours that I love,” he says. As well as researching and creating his own works, passing on his knowledge to the next generation of leather artisans is very important to him.

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Works

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Leather bowl

The interior surface of the polychrome leather bowl in the foreground has been embossed on natural rock, following a technique of bio-embossing. The resulting surface of the leather bowl resembles that of a meteor or porous rock. The studio has developed techniques of bio-embossing by stretching sheets of leather over a porous rock and applying strong pressure to the leather so that the features of the rock are embossed onto the leather.

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Leather bowl

This elegant leather bowl contrasts a blue tanned leather interior with an ochre exterior. The bowl was created using the ahormado technique of shaping leather that José-Luis has mastered over a lifetime.

Photo: © Susanna Pozzoli
Leather bowl

This elegant leather bowl contrasts a blue tanned leather interior with a dark ochre exterior. The bowl was created using the ahormado technique of shaping leather that José-luis has mastered over a lifetime.

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Leather vessel

This large leather vessel contrasts a bright green exterior with an ochre interior. It was shaped using the ahormado technique of shaping leather that José-luis has mastered over a lifetime.

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Leather vessels

These elegant leather containers were created using the ahormado technique of shaping leather that José-luis has mastered over a lifetime.

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