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Bela Silva

Bela Silva Ceramicist
Portuguese, English, French
By appointment only
+32 471315026
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Working without frontiers

  • • Bela switches from sculpture to drawing with perfect mastery
  • • Listening to her inner voice enabled her to find her unique path
  • • When her pieces get too dark she searches for sunshine

Bela Silva’s form of expression is a fusion of fine and applied arts. Passionate about both ceramics and drawing, she was told she had to choose between them, but instead she listened to her inner voice and now works with both. After studying fine arts in Porto she continued her studies abroad, and it was her time at the Art Institute of Chicago that put her on the path to becoming the artist she is today. Her immense creativity comes from everyday life, fantasy and travelling. “But we can also travel at home,” she says. Living between Brussels and Lisbon, her creations are a barometer of her state of mind. When they become too dark Bela knows it’s time to seek out sun and warmth so as to restore colour and light to her objects.

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Dame au Corset

This stoneware sculpture was handcrafted with the slip casting technique and glazed in black.

Width 50 cm
Height 80 cm

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La Dame du Soir

This stoneware sculpture was handcrafted with the slip casting technique and glazed in black and blue.

Width 50 cm
Height 80 cm

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Les Oiseaux Amoureux

Glazed stoneware sculpture depicting birds.

Height 42 cm
Width 60 cm
Depth 38 cm

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This lamp was hand shaped in stoneware and glazed in black.

Height 40 cm

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Glazed stoneware sculpture in different shades of blue.

Diameter 35 cm

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Lisbon: the city built on tiles
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Experience Lisbon, a city celebrated for its colourful patterned ceramic tiles adorning architecture, floors, vessels and more. Follow our recommendations to uncover craftspeople, museums and shops that preserve the age-old Portuguese ceramic expertise.

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