Raposiñas is a rural ceramic studio.
Our designs are inspired by concepts that shape tangible craftmanship: The house, the vegetable garden, the game. Memory. The sea and the coast. Rain and drought. Wordwide and locally.
Our baking methods emulate natural geological processes. We mix mineral compounds and bake them at high temperatures, avoiding synthetic materials.
We aim to create an intimate visual and tactile bond with our craft by experimenting with soft overlays of a highly sensitive nature.
We are extremely proud to offer truly especial objects shaped by subtle organic lines with primitive decorations and rustic appeal.
We are an industrious independent ceramic studio committed to embellishing the cotidianity of the world around us.
Until recently our workshop was a garage. The garage. It had been built by my grandfather so that my mother could keep one of the first cars in our village, a yellow Renault 5.
In our council, A Pobra do Caramiñal, we lack a pottery tradition. In this house, the first cooking and warps had to do with “empanadas”. The first forms and contents were related to potatoes and long walks. We are a new workshop and do not have a background other than our memory, the heart of our project.
We work at “Os Raposiños’ Street, close to the namesake beach. We are a team of four people: Loaira Davila and Martín Hortas, both with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, conceive, manufacture and fire the pieces. Abelardo P. Santiago, industrial designer, sketches and make our ideas possible. Melo Pérez, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, manages and administers our workshop.
Our grandmother in A Lomba gave us the leftover cuts of dough when she cooked pies, so that we could play with shapes and bake them. Therefore, we are used to model with our hands since we were very young. We do it with the same affection as our grandmother added sugar to that dough just to make it tastier.
We start from clay sketches that we digitally modulate and plot with 3D and PLA printers. With these imprints, we create plaster molds where we set stoneware and local clays. Sometimes, we distort manually the pieces to produce organic shapes.
We also manufacture unique hand-made pieces through the production of warps and clay and stoneware sheets. On some occasions, we create molds as well.
We produce lacquers with mineral raw materials. We alternate different layers, so every piece is original. Quartz, kaolins, ashes, and earths form our environment allow us to create special and sustainable materials.