How would you define the work you do?
I research the roots of Mediterranean cultures and defend our local identity made up of many destinations. I sail towards the origins of ceramics, updating symbols, shapes, techniques, and pigments. I create stoneware and porcelain pieces that evoke the coexistence of civilisations and cultures through the centuries.
How do you express tradition and innovation?
I admire and respect the most traditional artisan techniques. However, sometimes it is good for me to forget them to have creative freedom. I innovate by mixing materials or proposing new forms for traditional objects or pieces with new uses. I also create lines of sustainable pieces with which I aim to achieve zero waste in the workshop.
© Kike Taberner
How does your work relate to the city where you live?
We have several museums and schools related to our trade in the Valencian Community. We have ceramic industries, exporting companies, suppliers, networks, craft knowledge, tradition and prestige. Through my work, I defend all these intangible values.
What are your sources of inspiration?
I create my pieces based on the current tensions and feelings that reflect the Mediterranean character of life on the coast, the city and the periphery. This state of mind, my surroundings, Valencia and its people are my principal sources of inspiration.