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Nela Sánchez Alonso

  • Ceramicist
  • Cabañas de Polendos, Spain
  • Master Artisan
Nela Sánchez Alonso Ceramicist
Spanish, English, French
By appointment only
+34 655265929
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A game of discovery

  • • Nela was once a keen scientist
  • • She opened her own atelier in 2008
  • • Her sculptures emerge from spheres and organic shapes

Nela Sánchez describes her discovery of clay at first as a path to a game of sensations and emotions. She felt constantly as if she was travelling through nature. Her first contact with the material was at an artisan workshop in Madrid. Then she went to The National School of Ceramics and studied artistic ceramics. Step by step, she discovered that without any doubt she wanted to work with this material. Then she went to France and learnt the lathe technique and all the artisan processes. She continued to develop her technical skills in Manises, Valencia, one of the capitals of Spanish ceramics, where she stayed for four years. She opened her atelier in 2008. Nowaydays, she lives and works in a little Spanish village, in Segovia, along with other artisans.

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For a plastic-free sea

This stoneware fish-shaped casket was coloured with multi-layered glaze and fired at 1260ºC.

Width 19 cm
Height 20 cm
Depth 15 cm

Photo: ©Mari Doyama

Accumulation and repetition is a recurring feature of Nela’s work. The textures and surfaces generated by this language open the door to a natural world of living organisms, suggesting different states of being. They aim to reflect existential flow and transformation.

Width 31 cm
Height 31 cm
Depth 31 cm

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Bird Nest Flower Vase

This stoneware vase was adorned with turquoise and blue multi-layered glaze and fired at 1260ºC.

Width 18 cm
Height 22 cm
Depth 18 cm

Photo: ©Mari Doyama
At Home

This egg-shaped floor vase was made during the COVID19 pandemic confinement. It was coloured with multi-layered glaze and fired at 1260ºC.

Width 13 cm
Height 22 cm
Depth 13 cm

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Stoneware sculpture with white satin glaze, fired to 1260ºC.

Width 22 cm
Height 26 cm
Depth 22 cm

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