Eulàlia Oliver

EULÀLIA OLIVER MANÉN

In 1981, after completing his studies at the School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Barcelona (Escola Superior de Disseny i Art Llotja), Eulàlia Oliver cofounded Bugambilia Workshop, fully dedicated to the creative ceramics, with two classmates. The influence of printmaking and drawing, as well as the study of the volume and sculpture, that was topics of various courses she has done, apart from a constant experimentation, lets she easily move between the different disciplines with a common base, the use of the ceramics as raw material. The ceramic surfaces sometimes modelled in extremely fine surfaces, close to a fabric or glass, on which the artist draws figures that impress with their simplicity.

The first feeling of these pieces is their fragility. It's just an initial feeling. Close examination allows a reading of the qualities that each work in isolation offers. The first perception is tactile, but not in the classical sense, I mean, them do not invite to be touched - their apparent fragility keeps us lurking - but evidence that someone has touched them previously. And that it has been done very carefully.

A further sensation: lightness, in the sense proposed by Italo Calvino, to eliminate weight, to do not leave trace. As if the artist was working in the pieces undressing the materials, looking for what it is inside, just like a sculptor does with a piece of marble.

One last feature of her works is the ability to limit the space. To mark boundaries.

(Excerpt from the catalog of the V CERAMIC BIENNIAL OF EL VENDRELL 2009 - Màrius Domingo - Art Critic)

EDUCATION

1976 - 1981     Ceramics Degree - “Escola Superior de Disseny i Arts Llotja” (Barcelona)

1976                 Wheel monographic workshop - “Escola de Ceràmica de la Bisbal” (Girona)

1977                 Stoneware monographic workshop - “Escola de Ceràmica de la Bisbal” (Girona)

1988                 Natural drawing - Barcelona

1989 & 2010   Serigraphy workshops in Barcelona

1990                 Porcelain course - Escola de Ceràmica de la Bisbal (Girona)

1994                 Engraving course - Barcelona

1994                 Sculpture course - Barcelona

2009                Design course - Massana School in Barcelona

AWARDS

2001                 EXPOHOGAR Design competition - finalist work

2008                ARTFAD 4th Edition of ARTFAD Prizes - Diploma for selected work

2009                Second prize - V Biennial International Ceramics Competition of El Vendrell

2011                  “Mestre Artesà” Diploma of the Generalitat de Catalunya

TEACHING ACTIVITY

2011                 Porcelain decoration course at Ondara Art and Design high school - Tàrrega (Lleida)

EXHIBITIONS

1983     “BLAUHAUS” - Show room “la Caixa” (Barcelona)

              with Xavier Grau and Nelson Leiva painters

1987     Show Room “la Caixa” - (Andorra)

              Collective exhibition

1987     “Artesania de Catalunya” Gallery - (Barcelona)

              Collective - “Associació de Ceramistes de Catalunya”

1988     Cercle artístic de Sant Lluc show room- (Barcelona)

              Collective exhibition

1988     Ajuntament d’Alella Gallery - (Alella)

              Collective exhibition

1989     XV Exhibition-Competition - Ceràmica i Terrissa del Cantir -

              Argentona (Barcelona) Selected work

1989     Biennal Internacional de Ceràmica “Ciutat de Vic”

              Selected work

1992     “De Catalunya a Anglaterra” - David Center Gallery - (London)

              Collective "Associació de Ceramistes de Catalunya"

1998     EUROPEAN CERAMICS (July 28 to – September 28)

              Collective - Rufford Craft Centre – Nottinghamshire (England)

2002     Espai d’Art Gallery (Terrassa) / merc’ART

2003     Espai d’Art Gallery (Terrassa) / merc’ART

2008     HIPÒTESI Gallery (Barcelona)

2008     ARTFAD 2008 AWARDS - Selected work

2008     15 BIENNAL DE CERÀMICA D’ESPLUGUES "ANGELINA ALÒS"

              Selected work

2009     “REFLEXIONS” (“To think about”) - Ceramics installation -

              Eulàlia Oliver & Gloria Ferrer

              Centre Cultural Bellvitge/Gornal – Bellvitge

              (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat - Barcelona)

2009     “REFLEXIONS” (“To think about”) - Ceramics installation -

              Eulàlia Oliver & Gloria Ferrer

              Sala “Arnau Company” – Castell de Verdú - Verdu (Lleida) -

              XIIª FESTA DEL SILLÓ i FIRA DE CERÀMICA DE VERDÚ

2009     “REFLEXIONS” (“To think about”) Ceramics installation -

              Eulàlia Oliver & Gloria Ferrer

              Centre Cultural “Foment Hortenc” – Barcelona

2009     V BIENNAL DE CERÀMICA DEL VENDRELL 2009 - 2nd PRIZE

              El Vendrell – (Tarragona)

2009     XV CONCURS DE CERÀMICA “CIUDAD DE VALLADOLID”

              II ENCUENTRO INTERNACIONAL - Selected work

2010     A-FAD – METAMORFOSIS DEL LLIBRE 2.0 - Selected work

2010     A-FAD – METAMORFOSIS DEL LLIBRE 3.0 - Selected work

2010     V BIENNAL DE CERÀMICA DEL VENDRELL 2010

              Collective - El Vendrell – (Tarragona)

2010     A-FAD – Okupem la cripta! Collective A-FAD members

2010     CERCO-11 X INTERNATIONAL PRIZE OF CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS

              Selected work (Muel-Zaragoza)

2011     CERCO-11 Installation “Human rights”

2011     “III Memorial Joan Capdevila” - selected work

              (St. Julià de Vilatorta - Barcelona)

2011     ACC - Ceramists Association of Catalonia - Exhibition XXV anniversary

              Collective and itinerant:

              La Bisbal - Girona, Argentona - Barcelona, Lleida & Tarragona

2011     13th Ceramics International competition of Carouge 2011 -

              La Boîte - La Carouge - Suiza Selected work

2012     FAD Collective exhibition - Barcelona - Selected work

2012     Camil·la Pérez Salvà Gallery - El Vendrell (Tarragona)

              “Ways of words” - Individual exhibition

2012     “REFLEXIONS” (“To think about”) Installation - Taller Bugambilia

              Artesania de Catalunya - Barcelona

2012     ART i LITERATURE Collective exhibition with Roser Oter

              Workshop Gallery de Roser Oter

2012     ACC - Ceramists Association of Catalonia - Collective exhibition

              Ceramics installation “Human rights” - Taller Bugambilia

2012     ACC - Ceramists Association of Catalonia -

              Collective exhibition “Mireu que fem!” (“Look what we do!”)

OTHER ACTIVITIES

As Bugambilia Workshop I’ve maintained a regular participation in trade shows like: Expohogar (Barcelona), Intergift (Madrid), Alimentaria (Barcelona) and in diverse arts and crafts itinerant exhibitions and showrooms with “Artesania de Catalunya” (local Catalonia government).