Welcome back from summer's most indulgent holiday! As you may already know I reside in Bogotá so I wasn't fortunate enough to enjoy fireworks last week, but I was able to get some good ribs! A group of friends and I celebrated the 4th at a BBQ restaurant called La Fama (highly recommended). This lovely photo on the right is proof that I stayed true to my American/Texan heritage!
Today's blog is a continuation of the Meet the Collection series. A month ago you learned about the origins of our Verano Collection and now it is time for the seaside-inspired Azulina Collection.
Most of the collections we carry were designed over the past 40 years, with the exception of a couple, Azulina being one of them. In fact, Azulina was designed just eight months ago! It, alongside Amapola, are our 'youngest' designs.
Azulina was designed by a fabulous artist named Flor, who resides in El Carmen de Viboral, Colombia, and paints many of our pieces. Back in December she and the rest of the women artisans who hand-paint each and every Azulina piece were tasked with a challenge. They were asked to take a step outside of their comfort zone and create a new pattern, with the liberty to choose any technique and any combination of colors.
With that challenge in place, Flor got to work and created two colorful patterns that are now part of our eight collections, Azulina and Amapola.
When designing Azulina Flor was inspired by two patterns that have been painted in Carmen for a while: the iconic Clásico (which has been around since the '70s!) and a fish pattern called Marinera (see right). Flor took the best of these two patterns, edited the colors to create a dark blue on light blue contrast and put them into one design. The slideshow below shows the sequence in which she paints the Azulina Collection.
First she paints the flower buds around the rim. Then she paints small wavy brushstrokes in dark blue, followed by light blue. The next step is the detailing, where she makes the light blue color pop by adding polka dots and filling in the flower buds. The very last step is to line the outer rim of the plate with a small sponge dipped in light blue paint, completing the piece.
side note: As you can probably notice the colors on the dry piece look
completely different from the fired piece. That just shows how the
pigments react to the hot temperatures of the oven. Pretty neat, huh?
And with that, you have the Azulina Collection. Have a great week y'all!
Con Mucho Amor,
Founder, Azulina Ceramics