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Untitled, Enric Mestre

N Inv.: CE1/12806

This stoneware sculpture, with different shades of grey and a rough surface, is made of grogged clay. It has been fired (without oxygen) at a temperature of 1280 °C. It is shaped like a cube with four smooth sides. In the middle, opening from the other two sides and lowered, is a sort of step, which appears to be a representation of a duct. “Mestre 95” is engraved on the bottom. The sculpture is part of Mestre’s work from the 1990s, in which he highlights the importance of architectural geometrical volumes and straight lines.

Enric Mestre Estelles was born in Alboraya (Valencia) in 1936. He trained at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Carlos (San Carlos School of Fine Arts) and in Manises with Alfons Blat, a pioneer of Spanish ceramics, whose work is also on display in the Sala de la cerámica de autor (Artists’ Ceramic Room). He continued his studies in the Lycée Technique “Henri Brisson” (“Henri Bisson College”) in Vierzon, France, and worked as a lecturer in the Escuela de Artes y Oficios (School of Art and Design) in Valencia between 1969 and 2001.

He has won several awards, including the first prizes in the National Ceramics Competition of Manises in 1972, the National Ceramics Competition of Calvia in 1982, the National Prize for Industrial Design in 1972 and the Alfons Roig Prize of the Valencia Council in 1999. Mestre is one of the greatest figures in modern ceramics. Nevertheless, he is linked to the core values of ceramic artists such as Josep Llorens Artigas (Barcelona, 1892-1980) and Alfons Blat (Benimamet, Valencia, 1904-70) who prioritised the expressiveness, beauty and quality of the material itself.

Not on display.

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