Hexagon Classic Design

Albert Montserrat

Albert Montserrat

I am specialised on throwing large multi-part pots exclusively in porcelain and on the application of a family of glazes called ''Oil Spot Glazes''. With a big influence of the classic egyptian vessels, my main interest is in the large ceramic work and the researching of glazes. The impact, the statement, the challenge and the satisfaction that making this vessels give is extraordinary.

After many years of training between Barcelona and Mexico, I chose porcelain as my main ceramic body to develop my work. Its whiteness, sound, strength, connotations of quality, temperature that can be fired, fluidity and behaviour on the wheel are just a few of the reasons why I employ it. I wouldn't change this material for any other. It takes a lot of practice and experience to be able to control such amount of porcelain to be able to achieve the size of these pots. I need over 30kg of porcelain on the wheel to get to the size of 64cm height pot before firing. It is a very tough and physicaly demanding task. I then turn the pots to its correct thickness, weight and shape.

The ''Oil Spot Glazes'' are a type of ''Tenmoku'' glazes originally from China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). ''Yuteki'' or ''Oil Spot'', is an effect that occurs when there is an overload of iron oxide which is allowed to heat up slowly and forms effulgent spots on the surface. These glazes are very challenging and fascinating and, when fired correctly, can be of an extraordinary beauty. I use a combination of glazes to achieve different colours and textures but all of them work under the same principle.