I dedicated the last couple of years to the science of ceramics. My love for ceramics and tableware took me to Pratt, and were I am right now.
I finished my studies with an intensive program in Japan, were I meet my Sensei, a master potter who's the 14th generation of his pottery studio.
The US is lovely, I learned to love her and respect her as my dear Colombia. The artist movement in Brooklyn is pretty fresh but my heart was always back home. And back in NY I was just another designer in line for a Job. I guess I was running away from the Rat Race.
I did a geology study of the region were I grew up, and found out that the richness of the minerals needed to produce ceramics is quite bast. Also I found out that nobody has touched this subject. Most companies, big corporations, use this minerals to produce construction materials (tiles for example) & toilets and such. Therefore I decided to go back to South America to start a more advanced pottery movement. Hopefully I will be able to teach local craftsmen the art of glazing and firing high temperature ware. And if I have time, I will express my self with design and some political satire of the mining industry that is darning our country dry.
Right now I have a lab were I refine and test all materials related to the project. And in a couple of weeks my pottery master from Japan will come to make sure all my formulations are right.
As for the art side, I keep filling my sketchbook with stuff that only makes sense to me.
The Lab has a FB page I kept in English for the sake of my Japanese friends. As for the work I did in Japan, I am not sure if its design worthy. I went to Japan to learn a bit more about their sensibility towards design in general and architecture. The pieces finished in Japan respect the craft and I don't see them as design proposals. Hopefully in about 6 months I will have a design collection that will show what I learned at Pratt. Anyway the pictures are in my personal facebook page under the "Works at Kasen" album. The labs page is called "In search for Anagama". Anagama is a special type of wood fired kiln. The whole proces of firing it is a ritual that takes about 10 days. I am still searching for the quality, knowledge and an actual Anagama that will be built here in Colombia, when? a year or so.
So - Check out this website Luis has created - I was elated to see his work again!! Congratulations and I hope to hear more soon