Behind the Scenes: Making Linea

For the first time since Azulina launched, we have introduced a new pattern to the collection. A design made by Azulina, in collaboration with the artisans of El Carmen de Viboral in Colombia. It's called Linea (pronounced lee-nee-ya).

It was a really fun process creating Linea. Here are some photos that show the evolution and multiple iterations.

The master at work - José Ignacio

The master at work - José Ignacio

Our concept was to create a clean, timeless pattern that would be painted in Azulina's primary colors: red, blue, green and yellow. We envisioned a lot of color on the rim of the plate or perhaps a really simple pattern. There wasn't a real science to the approach, we just put paint brush to plate to see what would happen.

In line to be hand-glazed

In line to be hand-glazed

We painted a small flower in the center of the plate, the same flower found in the Clásico and Azulina patterns. It was pretty, but not a resounding "yes!", which is what I was looking for.

Concept was there...it just didn't turn out how we had hoped

Concept was there...it just didn't turn out how we had hoped

I really wanted the new design to feel geometric, yet simple. With a local artist named José Ignacio we designed the above plates. I really thought they would come out fantastic, but they just didn't quite hit the mark. We did however pull the mini squares concept over to our soon-to-launch Christmas pattern, called Navidad. There will be more to come on that next month!

Pretty, but not quite there

Pretty, but not quite there

We starting getting closer to something that would work, but we had a really difficult time getting the tone right. Our paints are hand mixed which can make it very hard to have consistency. I really loved these plates, but they weren't coming out of the oven as we had hoped.

Getting closer...

Getting closer...

Right when I was feeling like we were still far away from creating our new pattern we got back to basics and decided to see how four clean lines on the edge of the plate would look. 

Sindy painting the first sample of Linea

Sindy painting the first sample of Linea

And it turned out FABULOUS.

First samples out of the oven

First samples out of the oven

We finally got it! It was a six month process of trial and error, but we finally created Línea in four colors: Cobalt Blue (not pictured), Red, Green and Aqua Blue.

Fun right?!

We have another new pattern that will launch next month, a red and green holly pattern called Navidad.

At that time the Linea collection will be added to our primary storefront, with the rest of the Azulina patterns. Until then, please excuse the extra steps to find and purchase our newest collection here, at the Linea Shop we are offering free shipping on all purchases until the migration.

Thanks so much for the love!

 

Con Mucho Amor,

Melissa

Founder, Azulina Ceramics