Bofill, Maria

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Maria Bofill is born in Barcelona in 1937. Her ceramic training is at Escola Massana in Barcelona between 1953 and 1960. Between 1956 and 1961 she works at Jordi Aguadé s workshop. She visits in 1962 the Hammersmith College of Art in London. In 1966 and 1967 she is trained at the Sunderland Polytechnic of Art and Design, Sunderland, England. In 1970 she studied at the University of Fine Art in Kyoto, Japan. In 1965 she is pointed as professor at Escola Massana in Barcelona. In 1994 she works in the European Ceramic Work Centre in Den Bosch / Oisterwijk (NL). She is member of the International Academy of Ceramics. In 1996 she has an exhibition with other international porcelain artists in Galerie Amphora (NL) with the title: Highlights of decorated porcelain from ten European countries.

Pictures: Maria Bofill, portrait (source DPZ); ceramic object (source; Maria Bofill, installation (source Pinterest); Maria Bofill 'Muel', 2014 (source Bonart). 

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Maria Bofill considers her pieces to be 'small Mediterranean architectonic objects'. The former functional use of her works is disappearing. She loves natural living forms, seemingly in motion. Slender stems of goblets rise upward like columns with capitals, or like twisted flower stalks. The walls of more recent wider objects with round bottoms, rise spirally, like towers, or move concentrically. She often starts working with an idea of the shape in mind, which, in the creative process, will undergo modifications. She uses the wheel but also slabs. Her pieces are reduction-fired in a gas kiln at 1280 gr C. Slip decorations are then fired in an electric kiln between 1150 and 1200 gr C. Gold and silver are fired at 730 gr. C.(text Mieke Spruit-Ledeboer, 1996).

  • Lane, Peter, Contemporary Porcelain, London 1995.