Tag Archives: Ceramics

Carolina Blue

11 Apr
Opening today Carolina Blue Barcelona

Doctor Dou 11

There is a new arrival to my neighborhood: Carolina Blue. Located on Carrer Doctor Dou 11, it is a lovely shop run by mother and daughter team Carolina and Maria Luisa.

Experienced decorators of haberdasheries, to which they introduced new styles and a retro vintage vibe some time ago, it was only a matter of time before the project to set up a shop became a reality, and so now we have Carolina Blue.

Opening today Carolina Blue Barcelona

Vintage touches

At Carolina Blue you’ll find furniture (both recycled and newly made) and a delightful range of deco objects (ranging from gorgeous mirrors, wooden crates to wire baskets among other wonderful finds), as well as ribbons and yarn for your crafty projects or beautiful ceramic table ware.

Opening today Carolina Blue Barcelona

Handy bags from Peru

At Carolina Blue you will also be able to find regular photography or art exhibits, as well as commission decoration projects by the lovely Carolina or Maria Luisa.

Opening today Carolina Blue Barcelona

Going natural

This evening from 6pm Carolina Blue celebrates its opening, and I have it on good authority, that it will be a party to remember! If you can’t make it don’t worry, you can stop by any time from 11 am – 8.30 pm (Mondays thru Saturdays). If it’s information and updates you are after, you can either go to their website or to the Carolina Blue Facebook page. Happy decorating!


Abril at home

12 Feb
Barcelona Cute Suite


Do you remember the very cute stuffed dolls that Carmo Stichini makes for her brand Abril? Well she has branched out and is currently applying her cuteness magic to handmade ceramic items, creating  Abril at home (or Casa Abril as it’s actually called) – a collection of useful and decorative items that are completely handmade, hand painted and hand glazed, and which of course, in true Abril style, will make you smile at first glance.

In her own sweet style she has created cups, dishes, coasters, sugar bowls and tiles, as well as a truly magical tree vase, and a teapot with three spouts. Quirky and delightful at the same time, don’t you think? Unsurprisingly, Casa Abril‘s lovely pieces have been featured on several Etsy Treasury lists and that has helped boost sales.

I’m showing you only a few here, but there are more pieces on Casa Abril’s Etsy shop, although at the moment she has sold out on the pretty cups and Tea pot shown above. The magical tree vase is still available so, so if you’re quick you might just be able to snap it up! You know you want to!!

I’m delighted that they are doing so well, and look forward to seeing what else Carmo has up her magical and very productive sleeve… Make sure to check out the Abril blog and Facebook page for news and updates, and don’t forget to check out the Casa Abril Etsy shop – you may find a little something for your loved one (although it won’t arrive in time for Valentine’s Day, I’m afraid)!

Barcelona Cute Suite

Flowers and bird tile

All images: Carmo Stichini for Abril Casa.

Ceramic delights

24 Jan

I have some ceramic delights in store for you today. Three different collections, but all made by the lovely Sophie Aguilera (remember her?) who is also one of the illustrators of the gorgeous Illustrated Villains, which I posted about on Tuesday.

In this first series (above) we can see her ‘Bestiario Cerámico‘ a collection of dishes with ears, horns and legs sculpted from paper clay and baked at 1,250º, then glazed and decorated with colour and gold.

These friendly faces belong to the series called ‘Funny Faces’. Made with paper maché, they have been decorated with digital transfers and colours and also been baked at 1,250º. Cute, aren’t they?

Last, but certainly not least, the series called ‘Housewives’ is a pretty graphic one, but interesting and arrestingly beautiful nonetheless. They were inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ Femme-Maison, and hand-shaped in a special kind of clay, after which they were baked at 1,250º and decorated with colours and gold.

I don’t know about you, but I am in awe of the pieces Sophie creates, both in ceramics and on paper, and can hardly wait to see what more she has up her sleeve! For now, you can see some of her pieces in person, at the exhibit called ‘Reinventa la Mesa’ (reinvent the table) at Madrid Fusión 2013, which takes place in Museo Cerralbo (Calle Ventura Rodríguez 17, 28008 Madrid) until the 3rd of February. If you are unable to visit the exhibit, you can check Sophie’s website here, her Facebook page here, and follow her on Pinterest.

All images by Sophie Aguilera.

Siesta time…

1 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Ferlandina 18

It might be a little odd to do so on a Monday morning, but I am going to suggest you incorporate some siesta time into your schedule. Here’s why: on Carrer Ferlandina 18, in what used to be a haberdashery shop, and where the original wooden furnishings have been (practically) left intact, you will find Siesta, a shop and gallery of objects and works of art made by artists.

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Shop + gallery

These objects and works of art have been selected with the greatest care and exquisite taste by Siesta proprietress Mercedes, and which have been displayed around every nook and cranny of the space for best effect. I am delighted to share a selection of these with you in the following slideshow…

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Body parts

26 Jul copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

You make my heart beat

Hello! Today I have some delightful ceramics to share with you, made by the very lovely Sophie Aguilera. Various body parts, illustrated by Sophie and reminiscent of medical illustrations from Victorian times, have been decalled onto either vintage crockery found at flea markets, or plates, cups and dishes made industrially. Each plate, mug or platter comes with a little romantic message and the result, as you can see, is beautiful!

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… and my stomach fill with butterflies

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Two in One

4 Jul copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Peu de la Creu 25

In a city where, due to the current economy (among others), many shops are closing their doors and being replaced by the high street giants of our global world, it is very refreshing to see new, and different businesses open their doors. Today I have one such venture to share with you, a two in one shop, located on Carrer Peu de la Creu 25.

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Vintage and more

The two are Grey Street and Satan’s Coffee Corner. The one is the lovely shop space they have found on this leafy street not far from the MACBA. Don’t miss the slideshow (and more info) after the page break!

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Brick house

26 Mar copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Sant Antoni Abat

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! Did you go to church by any chance? No? That’s ok, I’m not the church-going type myself, but sometimes I make an exception, for example when the church is such a beautiful one as this brick house I am showing you today. Let’s go!

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