I began learning ceramics’ chemistry with the help of some well known ceramists, Tony Hansen, John Britt, and Simon Leach.

I also learned how to work with the wheel from a long time friend, who’s also a Master potter in earth ware pottery, Mestre Tavares, based in São Pedro do Corval, near Reguengos de Monsaraz, my home town. In the last two years, I have been testing glazes and clay bodies and developing one technique based in carved pieces, without the potter wheel.

This technique provides spontaneity and immediacy,

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discovering the piece during the process of making it. Beginning with a solid mass of clay, I use a metal and/or wooden blade to shape the exterior surface. I hollow out the interior by hand with a carving tool, a process known as ‘kurinuki’. This technique, in which a piece is dug or carved out of solid clay instead of being shaped on a potter’s wheel, is a process that allows me to intently focus on the inner shape.

All my pieces and glazes are handmade by me and I try to incorporate raw materials from nature, like rocks, clay and ashes.

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