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    Marta Bonilla

    Marta Bonilla

    1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

    I was born in and am from Barcelona on 22/02/82.

    2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

    In my family we have had a grandfather who dedicated himself to painting, I think that was my first contact with art. His canvases, his oil colors, very striking and very disproportionate human figures. I remember giving him my small contributions and asking me or showing me each painting he had finished when I went to visit him.

    3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

    Before that, I worked for a long time in formal education. Carrying out activities and workshops for schools.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    It came very naturally, little by little. I had the feeling and need that I wanted to design and give life to forms and ideas that I had in mind and through ceramics I found the way to do it, being the process very organic and without having many pretensions. Then everything that has come has been a surprise and unexpected since I made ceramics for the pleasure of doing it.

    5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

    The creative process I think is quite intuitive and spontaneous. I am very much guided by sensations. I usually try to have an idea of the desired result before I start working, but in the process of creating the piece is where intuition usually intervenes and it is during the process that the piece changes from the original idea. I find references that I like in many areas, mainly in what surrounds me, in the sensations that being surrounded by nature gives me, in the cinema that I like to watch so much, in painting.

    Traditional ceramics are always a source of inspiration. Catalonia and Spain have a great tradition of ceramics, and in my childhood homes, I have always seen traditional utilitarian ceramics in which to preserve water, bread, or other foods. I have always found this fascinating.

    6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

    Arriving at my studio in the morning around 10:00, is one of my favorite times of the day, as it starts my day and time exclusively for me and my work. Mornings are intense with small children, so you can imagine how nice it is to arrive at a space where you put on your music and start with your pending tasks or work in new ways. Time flies by in my studio. I don’t have a specific routine, every day is something different depending on the work and the orders of that month, glazing, setting up kilns, emptying them, or packing orders…among others.

    7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

    I work with clay, at low and high temperatures. Especially for its elasticity and the multiple possibilities that this allows when creating.

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    I work my pieces with the coiling technique, using rolls of clay. It is the technique I have always used and the one that has given me the best results. It gives the piece a natural look, showing the signs of the process and the marks that add texture and authenticity.

    9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

    Do not despair if you find your personal style, it is something that is acquired after a few years working the material, and perseverance is a great ally, and more in this trade.

    10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?

    I would say that contemporary ceramics is a dialogue between traditional pieces and other more contemporary ones. Always trying to make the piece look natural and trying to convey a certain authenticity, moving away from pieces in which the creation process is more industrial.

    11. What designers and artists have influenced you ?

    There are many ceramists who inspire me and I like what they do. From the most classic ceramic artists, such as Picasso or Salvatore Fiume, to current artists such as Apparatu or Peter Schlesinger ceramics. I feel that the work is very personal and goes out of the ordinary.

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    The art world and specifically in ceramics there are many artists whose work I admire and fascinate me, such as Carmen d’Apollonio, Philip Eglin or Richard Parker.

    13. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?

    I continue to grow and change as an artisan, but always concerned that the pieces have personality.

    14. Is there anything you would like to add ?

    Thanks for this space.

    Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
    (The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)

    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?


    2. What is your greatest fear?

    The bad news

    3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


    4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?


    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    My father

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    My indecision

    7. What is your current state of mind?

    Fortunately, it is calmer, at least today

    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

    Talk a lot

    9. What is the quality you most like in a man ?

    Sense of humor

    10. What is the quality you most like in a woman ?


    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    Whats’s up? and Merci

    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    Sing well

    13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    Less long-suffering

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    My hobby is my job

    15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

    I don’t know

    16. Where would you most like to live?

    In a beautiful village near the sea

    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    My children

    18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    A racist or homophobic person

    19. What is your favorite occupation?

    A good movie

    20. What is your most marked characteristic?


    21. What do you most value in your friends?

    A bit of madness

    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    Antonio Tabucchi, Margueritte Duras

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?

    Lucky Luke

    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    Simone De Beauvoir

    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    Those who save lives

    26. What are your favorite names?

    Carlota or Lorenzo

    27. What is it that you most dislike?

    28. What is your greatest regret?

    To not have traveled more before becoming a mother

    29. How would you like to die?

    Without pain

    30. What is your motto?

    Less is more

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