IN CONVERSATION WITH LORETO FIGUEROA.


Based out of Copiapó, Chile, Páramo Gres is a handmade ceramic brand founded in 2019, by Loreto Figueroa.

With a background in painting and sketching, Loreto started handmade object making at the age of three years old.






Ceramics . Páramo Gres

Photo. Right, Consuelo Valle

Model. Alicia Arriado



IMAGE PLAYS JOURNAL : How did you first get into your craft?


LORETO FIGUEROA : ​I ​studied visual arts​ with mention in painting, ​I​ have always been interested in this world. I learned in 2019 in La Serena, Chile with my 85 year old teacher Mercedes Gutiérrez. I took a couple of classes and then I was learning by myself. Trial by error.



Ceramics . Páramo Gres

Photo. Right, Consuelo Valle

Model. Alicia Arriado




IMAGE PLAYS JOURNAL : How has the current pandemic impacted your creative process?

LORETO FIGUEROA: The pandemic has affected me for good, the city is quieter and I need the silence, the calm to work, so I can concentrate.








Ceramics . Páramo Gres

Photo. Right, Consuelo Valle

Model. Alicia Arriado





IMAGE PLAYS JOURNAL : Can you walk us through the process of your handmade pieces?


LORETO FIGUEROA : I start kneading, taking out the bubbles, and then with medium preconceived ideas I do the work, sometimes I start from the plan, stretching the dough, as if it looked like a blank sheet, my studies in drawing have facilitated this process, then I do the lifting, sometimes I make sketches, sometimes not, I always work on more than one piece, I'm a scattered person. hehehehe.




Photo. Consuelo Valle


"Mas adelante mi sueño es vivir en el campo, rodeada de la naturaleza, mi máxima inspiración." - LORETO FIGUEROA

Photo.left, Consuelo Valle



IMAGE PLAYS JOURNAL : What inspires you?


LORETO FIGUEROA : I am inspired by everything, from a crack in the wall to the sea, the flowers, the colors, the shapes, the morning light, a cloudy day, the beauty of life, everything, everything inspires me.
















Photo.left, Consuelo Valle






Photo. Consuelo Valle





IMAGE PLAYS JOURNAL : If you had to pick a place in the world - Where would your hand made pieces be?


LORETO FIGUEROA : The MOMA or the TATE, because they are the biggest museums in the world.




Photo. Consuelo Valle









Photo.left, Consuelo Valle





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