My first wheel-throwing pottery class. Expectations v.s. reality.

posted on October 7th 2019 in Arts & pottery with 0 Comments

If you’re like me and never touched a potter’s wheel before, expect a real learning experience. You will probably sign up to your first class because you’ve heard of how therapeutic it is, the feeling of doing something with your own hands in this digital world where we spend most of our time in front of screens, your mum has asked you to make her a vase for her flowers… So you sign up being sure you’re going to leave the class with at least a piece that you will be proud to put on your living room.

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Pottery for beginners. The basics: handbuilding.

posted on October 1st 2019 in Arts & pottery with 0 Comments

A clay stained hand of a potter engaging in a craft work of pottery or molding

As you may have heard, there are two main ways of working with clay. One is the great wheel-throwing technique (you can read my article for a step-by-step guide on how to wheel throw for beginners); but maybe more accessible to the wider public because it doesn’t require from any big investment is handbuilding. We will discover together in this article what handbuilding is, what tools are you likely to need, and some tricks to give your pieces a good finish.

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Pottery for beginners: the basics. Wheel-throwing.

posted on September 26th 2019 in Arts & pottery with 0 Comments

Woman throwing clay on an electric wheel

Have you ever watched someone work on a potter’s wheel, and found yourself captivated by the smooth vessel pulled up from a mound of clay? Are you curious about what it would be like to make your own wheel-thrown pottery? Some people wonder what wheel-thrown pottery is like for a beginner. Is it easy? Is it hard? Does it cost a lot of money to take a class? What should a newbie expect? I had all these questions too, that’s why I decided to enroll in the Potter-in-Training internship. I’m finding out some interesting things about this art, but today I will try to tell you the theory and steps I’ve learnt to throw a pot.

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Pottery for beginners: the basics. Tools.

posted on September 23rd 2019 in Arts & pottery with 0 Comments

Woman wheel throwing clay

There are many different methods of producing ceramics, but the main three options out there are handbuilding, casting in molds and wheel-throwing. Whether you want to be an all-around potter and master both or you just want to get a bit of knowledge about things you could explore, this is the list of tools that you may want to be familiar with.

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Pottery for beginners: the basics. Types of clay.

posted on September 16th 2019 in Arts & pottery with 0 Comments

Several white pots aligned on a wooden shelf

If you are new like me to pottery it can feel a bit intimidating, as there are so many tools and technical terms to get your head around. So I’ve decided to write about my journey learning pottery in case it can be useful for any other person out there starting with this craft.

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India en 2 semanas: Rajastán y Nepal. Itinerario

posted on January 27th 2018 in Travel with 0 Comments

A menos de dos meses de mi partida a la India, este es el itinerario para recorrer el Norte de este país y parte de su vecino Nepal. Ya que solo tenemos dos semanas y mucho que ver, el viaje está planificado para movernos en tren, rickshaws y taxis.

Tenemos pensado entrar a Nepal por tierra desde Varanasi (24 horas de viaje ni más ni menos, seguro que va a ser una aventura). El visado para India hay que tramitarlo con antelación, pero existe la e-visa lo que facilita el proceso, pudiendo hacer la solicitud online y recibiendo la confirmación de visado en menos de 24 horas.

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Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure!

posted on December 17th 2017 in Illustration & Travel with 0 Comments

India Nepal illustrated map

It’s that time of the year again, in which I can’t help it but plan another intercontinental trip. After a few adventures in Africa and Central America I’ve decided to go East this time to a couple of countries I’ve always wished to visit: India and Nepal.

I will be doing this trip in spring, just after the famous Holi Festival in India (that one where everybody throws colour powder to each other), and the perfect time in terms of weather, as it´s not meant to be rainy season yet and it should not be too hot in India nor too cold in Nepal.

Voy a hacer este viaje en primavera, justo después del famoso Festival Holi de India (ese en el que la gente se lanza polvo de colores), y en teoría es el momento ideal del año ya que no es aún época de lluvias o monzones y no será ni extremadamente caluroso en India ni excesivamente frío en Nepal.

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What is the YIN for Janne Robinson

posted on February 5th 2017 in Books & Inspiration with 0 Comments

janne robinson

You may know her from the headlines for a spoken word poetry video she directed in New York City, involving 18 women reading the lines from her poem, This is for the women who don’t give a fuck. The video has almost 420,000 views, while the poem, originally published by Elephant Journal, has been read over 1.9 million times.

Janne Robinson is a non-fiction poet, mentor, motivational speaker, director and trusted voice of female empowerment. Janne’s daily following of more than 100,000 + readers find her work refreshing and inspiring — even when the topic isn’t always polished or pretty.

I am one of her readers/followers (I first knew about her thanks to my friend Ana Dumbara), and a few days ago I stumbled upon what I consider one of her best writings: THE YIN.

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Guarida de plastico en Kazajistan

posted on January 17th 2017 in Documentary & Photography & Social & Travel with 0 Comments

Con una temperatura media en invierno de -22ºC, Astaná, capital de Kazajistán, es la segunda urbe más fría del mundo después de Ulán Bator (Mongolia).

Los que pescan en el hielo de Astaná no sólo se cubren con capas de prendas de abrigo sino que además se aíslan del viento en cobijos improvisados.

Los refugios temporales se fabrican artesanalmente con bolsas y láminas de plástico recuperadas, a veces entrecosidas.

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