Carles Vives in the Argillà 2020 exhibition

Carles Vives, an internationally renowned Catalan ceramist, author invited to exhibit at the Museu del Càntir on the occasion of this year’s fair, a virtual fair but with this outstanding face-to-face exhibition.

Carles Vives, “Recorreguts”
Opening friday 25th september : 19 h


The author, in the beginning, opted for painting, following in the footsteps of his parents and especially his mother. But he soon realized that he was more attracted to volume, and when he discovered pottery, he did not hesitate to devote himself to it.

In the beginning he was lucky enough to meet some potters who helped him make his first pieces and taught him how to use the wood oven. This influence was decisive in reaffirming his professional projection as a potter and determined a work style typical of a potter, which produces objects in a fluid, intuitive and unpretentious way.

In the academic field, he studied ceramics at the Escola Massana in Barcelona and, while training, put into practice everything he learned in his first workshop. He is currently a Master Craftsman for the Generalitat de Catalunya and a Member of the International Academy of Ceramics, based in Geneva.

During his long career, he has always combined the production of utilitarian, functional and decorative ceramics with the plastic research of contemporary artistic ceramics. He himself describes his most personal work as follows: “I am faithful to the response of the materials. I always prepare the pasta I work with and thus establish a dialogue from the beginning with the materials. I let myself be carried away by inertia and flow with the elements, interfering as little as possible and taking advantage of the possibilities that arise during the creative process. I make the pieces following intuition, without intending to control or guide the hand, but moving with strength and conviction ”.

From the 1990s to the present, he has participated in various group and individual exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. In addition, his work has been recognized and awarded in various national and international competitions. The last prize was won in 2017 at the “Concorso Internazionale di Gualdo Tadino” in Italy. In addition, he has participated in several stays where he has introduced ceramics students to his way of understanding the technique. Specifically, there are two stays that have been the most significant for him: one at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center at Onondaga University in Syracuse, New York, where he was invited by potter Andy Schuster and where he also held an exhibition. of which the Everson Museum was left with one of the pieces for its collection. And the other, at the Fule International Ceramic Art Museum (FLICAM), in China.

Carles Vives ’work can be seen in various museums around the world, in public spaces and in private collections. The Museu del Càntir d’Argentona has one of his works, in particular one of the “Quarts” series.

Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sundays and public holidays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The exhibition can be visited until November 1, 2020

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