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Penélope Vallejo

Penélope Vallejo Ceramicist
Contact
Catalan, English, Spanish
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+34 659304126
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Harvesting clay and glazes

  • • Penélope’s artistic research incorporates art and science
  • • It is her second career, she has no regrets about changing
  • • She likes to experiment with the potter´s wheel, paper clay and glazes

Penélope Vallejo was seven years old when she began making pottery as a hobby and realised that she could create pieces relating to the nature that surrounded her in Santa María de Palautordera, a Catalan town in the Montseny Nature Park. At the age of 28, while working as a quality control engineer, she determined that this was not the path she wanted to follow and left her job to devote herself to pottery. Her first degree in Food Industries Engineering had given her a good grounding in Chemistry and Physics, which turned out to be very useful in ceramics. But she wanted a more formal training so went back to study a degree in Fine Arts and attended courses related to her new discipline. She opened her workshop in 2007 and began creating utilitarian pieces. Today she also makes ornamental ceramics, holds workshops and owns a pottery shop. “This ancestral trade connects us with something intimate and basic,” she says, convinced that it has offered her an opportunity to unite sciences with art. “Joining my technical with my artistic side is my challenge and purpose”.

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Works

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Shedding skin vase

This stoneware oval vase by Penélope Vallejo is made on a potter’s wheel. The dark colour of its surface is achieved with a mixture of oxides. Covered in several layers of porcelain of different consistencies and thickness, this process gives it its white and pure colour. It is after the final firing that the porcelain shrinks over the dark and rigid body, generating a skin of fragile and delicate appearance, but strong and vitrified.

Height 40 cm
Diameter 20 cm

Photo: ©Dameon Lynn
Shedding skin vases

After the process of the potter’s wheel, this stoneware oval vase by Penélope Vallejo is achieved using oxides for dark colours and several layers of porcelain for the light colour. The final firing can take up to 14 hours, it is the moment when the materials melt and become a unitary and unique piece.

Height 50 cm
Diameter 30 cm

Photo: ©Dameon Lynn
Shedding skin vase

This stoneware oval vase by Penélope Vallejo is covered in several layers of porcelain. It is after the final firing that the porcelain shrinks over the dark and rigid body, generating a skin of fragile and delicate appearance, but strong and vitrified. The process is subject to many variables, making it possible to control to some extent the aesthetic appearance and becoming an object where fire will always have the last word.

Height 24 cm
Diameter 18 cm

Photo: ©Dameon Lynn
Shedding skin vase

After the process of the potter’s wheel, this stoneware oval vase by Penélope Vallejo is achieved using oxides for dark colours and several layers of porcelain for the light colour. The final firing can take up to 14 hours is the moment when the materials melt and become a unitary and unique piece.

Height 18 cm
Diameter 12 cm

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