My encounter with ceramics while studying a Master’s Degree in Art and Education at New York University was an unexpected and fortunate coincidence. Lydia Buzio, a ceramic artist from Uruguay, introduced me to ceramics, and at her encouragement, I decided to continue my apprenticeship in the studio of Josep Collell in Montevideo, as she had done before moving to New York.

Josep Collell, my uncle, was both a painter and a ceramic artist who began to experiment with ceramics when he joined the artist community of the Taller Torres- García in Montevideo in 1950. He wanted to achieve in ceramics the chromatic richness of painting and, inspired by the warm burnishing technique of pre-Columbian ceramics, he developed a singular technique that allowed him to paint and burnish the pieces before firing and to attain an extraordinary colour palette.

I became so entranced by the tactile and warm quality of colour under the burnished surface that I have not abandoned this technique since then.

My work starts from basic geometry. I build up the pieces from slabs that, not only invite to be painted as if they were the walls of a fresco, but also to explore the relationship between volume and surface, three-dimensional form and colour.

In my recent work, I want to shape colour and to capture in their interplay the light and colour vibration of the Mediterranean landscape, to which I feel so much attracted.