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Encarna Soler

Encarna Soler Ceramicist
Contact
Spanish
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+34 690610505
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Ceramics that teach us how to live

  • • Encarna makes tableware for haute cuisine restaurants
  • • She specialises in oriental ceramics for the millenary tea ceremony
  • • She draws her inspiration from the Zen influence on art and craftsmanship

Encarna Soler lives and works between Benissa and Senija, two idyllic villages in Alicante, Spain. She produces tableware for haute cuisine restaurants, including Bon Amb, Quique Dacosta and +Qi, among others. She specialises in making chawans, the bowls used for the green tea ceremony, and chai-res, the small boxes to preserve it in powder form. After training in Raku techniques with artisans José Antonio Sarmiento, Jean Francois Dolorme and Ingrid Lilligren, she improved her salt, soda and anagram kiln firing techniques with ceramicist Gregory Miller. He perfected her chawans and chai-res manufacturing processes with master Minoru Suzuki. Now, alongside her studio work, she teaches ceramics at her local gallery and has also been a guest lecturer at The Manises School of Ceramics in Spain as well as other centres in Denmark, Mexico and Belgium. In 2015, she won the gold medal at the Mungyeong Traditional Tea Bowl Festival in South Korea for a Shino glazed chawan she later exhibited at the Ceramics Museum of Barcelona.

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Works

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Ensō platter

This earthenware platter was made with wooden wedge impressions and Shino glazed. It was fired in a gas kiln in a reduced atmosphere at 1,260°C.

Diameter 42 cm

Photo: © Raul Carrera
Chawan

Chawan, a traditional Japanese bowl for serving tea, made in an entirely manual and primitive way without using the potter's wheel. Black and Shino glazed, it was fired in a gas kiln in a reduced atmosphere at 1260°C.

Height 9.5 cm
Diameter 11 cm

Photo: © Raul Carrera
Where dragons live

Chawan handmade in a primitive way without using the potter's wheel. It is glazed with Tenmoku and Nuka finishes and fired in a gas kiln in a reduced atmosphere at 1260°C.

Height 10 cm
Diameter 10 cm

Photo: © Raul Carrera
Chawan

Chawan handcrafted in an entirely traditional and primitive way without using the potter's wheel. It is a brown bowl made without glazes, only natural ashes. Fired in an anagama kiln for 78 hours at 1330°C.

Height 10 cm
Diameter 10 cm

Photo: © Raul Carrera
Chawan

Traditional Chawan handcrafted without using the potter's wheel, in a completely manual and primitive way. Glazed with natural ashes and fired in an anagama kiln at 1260°C.

Height 10 cm
Diameter 10 cm

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