Joana is from Lisbon and studied product design in Caldas da Rainha, with a focus on ceramics and glass. She is particularly interested in traditional techniques and loves working at the potter's wheel, which has been male-dominated for so long. She regularly works with her friend and mentor Senhor Henrique, who has been running a pottery in her grandmother's village for decades. Here, two generations work together and learn from each other.
Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro (1846 – 1905) was a Portuguese artist in the field of drawing and ceramics. His colourful style still characterises the ceramics factory named after him in Caldas da Rainha in central Portugal. Imaginative motifs from the world of animals, flowers, and plants, such as the well-known cabbage leaves, appeal to Portuguese grandparents as much as to design-loving grandchildren.
Inês lives in Lisbon and is an interior and fashion designer. She has travelled a lot in the creative world and lived in London for a few years. Back in Portugal, she wanted to engage more with her home country and local crafts. She designs her own ceramic collections that combine elegant design with strict sustainability criteria: No clay ends up in the rubbish, no chemicals in the water, and no plastic in the packaging.
Margarida is a ceramic artist and designer. She works in Lisbon and Caldas da Rainha, the famous ceramics town. In her work, she follows the behaviour of the material to create a balance between her own ideas and the inherent nature of the object. She emphasises sustainable production methods, uses local resources, and produces exclusively small, handmade series.
Beatriz has a special connection to Portugal's ceramic tradition. She comes from Alcobaça, where particularly beautifully decorated tableware has been produced for centuries. For her design studies, she chose Caldas da Rainha, the most famous ceramics town in the country. Besides the joint projects with Samuel, she also works in the fields of photography, textiles, and jewellery design.
Samuel is a product designer and studied in the famous ceramics town of Caldas da Rainha. Sustainability is particularly close to his heart, in production and design. He mainly designs ceramic objects because he appreciates the natural material from which handmade unique pieces are created 〜 "pieces for eternity". He works together with Beatriz in Leiria, a city between Porto and Lisbon.
Mafalda and Diana were born into ceramics. Their parents run a pottery in the Alentejo, in the hinterland of Lisbon. For their collections, the two sisters create their own designs and combine them with the traditional manufacturing methods of their home village. All products are turned on the potter's wheel and hand-painted.
Diana and Mafalda were born into ceramics. Their parents run a pottery in the Alentejo, in the hinterland of Lisbon. For their collections, the two sisters create their own designs and combine them with the traditional manufacturing methods of their home village. All products are turned on the potter's wheel and hand-painted.
Célia was an architect and researcher before she became a ceramic artist. She works in the Alentejo, east of Lisbon, and combines traditional techniques with contemporary designs. It is important to her to produce handmade, quality pieces and thus support an economy that values European and sustainable production methods. She is happy to pass on her knowledge, for example in workshops or as a mentor.
Ana comes from a large family that has been part of the ceramic world for a long time. She has now fulfilled her dream of having her own collection. It is important to her to appreciate every person and every step of the process, integrating as much handwork as possible. From design to production to packaging, everything is in Ana's hands 〜 and in those of her fantastic team.
Valentina is a Brazilian ceramic artist who has been living in Lisbon for several years. She specializes in jewelry and makes all her pieces by hand. The high-quality stoneware she uses is robust, but also wonderfully light due to the filigree crafting. She plays with different glazes, which sometimes create soft colours, sometimes speckled patterns. Valentina also attaches great importance to sustainability, using mostly local materials and minimizing waste and environmental impact.
Maria de Fátima has been working in the production of traditional pottery for almost 40 years. Her factory had to close a few years ago, but luckily she has found a new studio where she can pass on the Portuguese technique of verguinha (wicker) to the younger generation.