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Interview by Friki Fish

I was recently interviewed by Friki Fish, an online magazine about the creative scene in Barcelona. You can read the interview below or in the section ‘Meet the Makers’ in Friki Fish website.

Making Goddesses and Sacred Objects with Monica Moreno

Every artist has a story about how and why they do what they do. Creating artwork to share with the world is a courageous and sometimes difficult path to take in life. In the case of Monica Moreno, the path is an inspiring one filled with discovery, intuition and connection.

We asked Monica to share more about her transition from illustrator to ceramicist, how her time abroad influenced her work, and how she made a connection with the sacred Goddess.

Hello Monica, can you tell us about your background and your path to choosing a creative career?

I’ve been creative, curious, and connected to nature since I was a kid. So the choice of a creative career was always present for me from the very beginning. For many years drawing was my favorite way of creative expression.

After initiating your career, you had a spiritual awakening. Can you share a little bit about what this experience was like and how it influenced your creativity?

I was working as a freelance illustrator and was also teaching at the Escola Massana in Barcelona. I was quite settled and doing well, but then I opened up to spirituality and really started listening to myself. I had a good life at that time, but it was not enough for me anymore. I wanted to expand—to experience life in a fuller way.

I decided to leave everything behind and move to the other side of the world to explore a new version of myself. That radical change also meant leaving my career as an illustrator behind and opening to new ways of creative expression, such as sculpture and ceramics.

How did your years spent abroad in Australia and New Zealand influence your art practice?

The decision to go overseas was to discover a new version of myself. Being away, I could experience new ways of living with more freedom and wider perspectives, where art and spirituality come together. Nature is so exuberant, stunning, and present in both countries, it inspired and changed me deeply. I got the inspiration for my art but also for my life, finding a way of living life closer to nature’s ways—to Spirit and to ritual.

It’s there that I found my connection to ritual ceramics and goddesses. I was in contact and studying with Aboriginal people in Australia and with the Maori people in New Zealand. The simplicity, basics, the ancestral connection of those lands influenced my art a lot. There is a deep connection between us.

How did you pick the Goddess as your central theme?

I didn’t really choose to make Goddesses, they chose me! I realized that when I was calm and started to make a figure with clay, it always ended up being a goddess, regardless of what I wanted to create.

When I make sculptures the energy flows through me, I don’t direct it. I feel it is something going through me, and suddenly there is a quality in the figure that was not there before, like a presence.

In the rain forest of North Australia, I made a series of life-size goddess sculptures connected to the energy of the land. I represent goddesses in sculptures, but also in illustrations, plates, bowls, pendants… and each one has a special energy. Sometimes people that purchase them tell me that they look alive and there is something that makes them very unique—that they are not empty figures.

Do any of your pieces hold a special meaning for you?

All the sculptures I make have a special meaning for me. They are not just artwork that once finished, go to somebody else; I have a special bond with each one. Often I need to have them with me for some time before I can let them go—I feel attached. I cannot part with them immediately.

Currently, I’m exploring the Iberian culture and all the ancestral richness from the Mediterranean indigenous cultures that were silenced. I’m exploring and also connecting with their energy. I feel very inspired and drawn to this discovery on an artistic and spiritual level.

How do you incorporate a spiritual practice into your ceramic workshops and how does it change the experience of an artistic workshop? Have you received feedback from your students that you’d like to share with us?

First, I guide the students to connect with a goddess or a sacred object and then I help them to manifest it. What makes my workshops different is that we bring here what we have discovered in the astral with the guided meditation. The sacred object or the goddess that they create doesn’t come from a previous idea, but it comes from something they have found in the guided journey. It is surprising! Students easily follow the guided meditation and they always see or feel some goddess or ritual object. It is a beautiful and rewarding process, the students feel proud of being able to see and express what they have received, each piece is very unique.

The world is currently experiencing a time of great change and uncertainty. Have recent events altered your responses to art or the things that you want to create?

Yes, what we have experienced is indeed a massive change on all levels. In my case, it brought me time to be calm and to explore. During lock-down, I was fortunate to experience being inward and quiet, which was just what I really needed; time to be in an internal retreat. I really needed a break, and it came at the perfect time! I had time for internal reflection, introspection, self-knowledge, and stillness. This has helped me go deeper and see where to go next in the evolution of my art. I found more aspects of myself and my range of creative possibilities have widened. So it was actually a very positive experience.

I think what this change also brings to all of us, beyond worry or fear, is having been able to stop and see a little more our inner and outer reality, and value much more what we have on a day-to-day basis.

Lastly, where can people find your work and information about your classes in Barcelona?

I have a website www.monicamorenoart.com with some of my works and all the info about my classes. I sell my work on Etsy. On my Instagram and Facebook accounts @monicamorenoart you can see my latest works and processes (and sometimes some pictures from nature). I run the workshops in my studio in Barcelona, based in the artistic neighborhood of Gracia.

Thank you for sharing with us Monica!

Handmade Ceramics Pop Up in Gracia, Barcelona

At the end of November, and just for three days, we will hold a Pop-Up store at ‘Eva Ceràmica’ ceramic workshop. You will be able to purchase handmade ceramics directly from the artists. There will be pottery as well as sculptures, everything handmade by local artists. The Pop Up will be in Gracia neighborhood in Barcelona. Asturias street, 95. Metro Fontana or Joanic.

Timetable:

  • Friday 29th November from 5 pm to 8.30 pm.
  • Saturday 30th November from 12 pm to 8 pm.
  • Sunday 1st December from 12 pm to 8 pm.

Artists: Eduard, Eva, Franklin, Gregori, Joaquim, Qualia Ceramics and Monica Moreno Art.

You can also check here my next Pop-ups and events.

Ceramics Autumn Pop Up

Pop Up de cerámica en 137º Ceramic Art Studio Barcelona

HANDMADE DESIGN FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The group of international artists at the 137° Ceramic Art Studio invite you to a Pop-Up Sale from November 11th to November 15th.

You’ll find handmade pottery to serve your warm autumn meals as well as functional and artistic ceramics to give as gifts during the holidays.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

– AMELIA JOHANNSEN: wheel-thrown tableware, fine art ceramics and decorative vessels inspired by nature.
ameliajcreations.com/
-CAIO MARQUES – Original, contemporary design porcelain espresso cups.
-DALIA SOFRONIE – Fine art decorative ceramics.
www.instagram.com/daliasofronie/
– KELSEY VO BAILEY – Handmade functional Ceramics
www.instagram.com/kelseyvobailey/
-MÓNICA MORENO – Goddess Art and Sacred Objects
www.monicamorenoart.com/
-MYSTÉRES D’ARGILE – Functional and decorative ceramic artwork inspired by nature.
www.instagram.com/mysteresdargile.eu/
-REN Cerámica – Handmade tableware with character.
www.renceramica.com/

Ceramic Goddesses Workshop in Poblenou, Barcelona

Taller de diosas de cerámica en Barcelona por Monica Moreno @monicamorenoart

Come to make your own ceramic goddess! You can create your own design or I can guide you along. Since ceramics requires some time to dry before going to the kiln, you will have to come back another day to pick up your figurine. We will begin with a guided meditation. The workshops are in Poblenou, from 10.30 h to 13 h.

You can check the dates of the next workshops here:

https://www.monicamorenoart.com/events/?lang=en

You need to book in advance, send me a message if you are interested: https://www.monicamorenoart.com/contacto/

Here there are some reviews from people that came to my ceramic goddesses workshop:

‘Un espacio para disfrutar, reencontrarte con tus Diosas y la creatividad conducido por Mónica, que es delicadeza y arte en movimiento. Lo disfruté muchísimo y lo recomiendo al 100%’ Rocío (Barcelona)

‘Echando un vistazo por instagram, llegué a la pagina de Mónica. Me fascinó mucho su trabajo, y cuando me enteré de que iba a impartir un taller de modelado, no quise perder la oportunidad de asistir, y ya de paso conocer a la mujer que crea estas figuras de diosas tan llenas de vida. Me gustó mucho su forma de organizar el taller. Tras presentarnos hicimos una meditación para conectar con nuestra creatividad y sobre todo con esa diosa a la que íbamos a dar vida. Me encantaron tanto los materiales que pudimos usar como sus explicaciones y técnicas. Volvería a futuros talleres.’ Geroa (Euskadi)

‘El taller es un encuentro acogedor para conectar con la Diosa que se manifiesta en ese momento meditativo,  para compartir con otras mujeres y para conectar contigo misma, con tu creadora y la creatividad expresándose. Mónica te guía y te ayuda, creando este lugar de encuentro, y te da herramientas prácticas para crear a tú Diosa. Realmente una experiencia muy bonita. Gracias Mónica por hacer posible este lugar.’

Anna Maria (Barcelona)

‘En mi caso, venía con muy poca experiencia en cerámica y también en meditación, y disfruté muchísimo de todo el proceso. Mónica es muy buena guía, te muestra las opciones que hay y te acompaña durante todo el proceso hasta que consigues esculpir tu diosa.’

Amaia (Barcelona) 

Children illustration workshop in Escola d’Art La Industrial from October 2019

I’ll give a 30 hours Children illustration workshop in Escola d’Art La Industrial, in Barcelona, on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 pm from October 9th to December 11th 2019.

This course if for people interested in drawing, for art students, illustrators or graphic designer. We will do some creative exercises and try several illustration techniques and at the same time we will look for a personal style and work around the children books and children magazines.  In every class we will begin with short exercises and will end with longer ones.

If you are interested you need to send and email ( formacio.permanent@artlaindustrial.cat  ) or go to the school before October 4th.  More information at: www.artlaindustrial.cat

Ceramic Goddesses Workshop in Barcelona

Come to make your own ceramic goddess! You can create your own design or I can guide you along. Since ceramics requires some time to dry before going to the kiln, you will have to come back another day to pick up your figurine. We will begin with a guided meditation. The workshop will be Saturday July 27th 2019 from 10.30 am to 1 pm h in Eva-Ceràmica workshop, calle Asturias 95, in Gracia neighbourhood in Barcelona. Metro Fontana L3 or Joanic L4. Send me an email if you are interested hola@monicamorenoart.com or whatsapp +34671924525

 

Ceramics Pop up in Barcelona May 23rd 2019

Hi there, I’ll be exhibiting my work with more ceramic artists at Terra i Pell (workshop and shop) in Banys Vells street number 17, El Born neighbourhood in Barcelona, on May 23rd. There will be music and snacks. We will be there from noon till midnight. Come to say hello!!!

Wild Women, an exhibition by Monica Moreno in Barcelona

I will show my latest illustrated ceramics, sculptures and paintings at Sagrades Tannines in Barcelona, from March 10th to April 2nd. The openning will be on March 10th at 1 pm. The address is Passatge Simó 20, Barcelona, and the nearest metro station is Sagrada Familia.

The main theme in my work through the years has been Women. And lately I’ve also been very interested in the sacred, intuitive and spiritual. In my exhibition you will find Pregnant Goddesses, wild women, tree women, mermaids, madonnas, shamans, bird women…

I usually work without previous sketches, directly on the canvas, or on the ceramic plates. Depending on the technique Iim using I can work on it until I like it or I just leave as it is. 

See you at the openning!

 

Raku in Pau Gargallo Art School

I’m studying the Ceramic and Pottery Course at Escola d’Art i Superior de Disseny Pau Gargallo in Badalona, the teacher is Daniel Salinas. We will learn wheel thrown, Raku and image transfer.

These are the pictures from our first Raku, experience. We made the slips and glazes by ourselves, pure chemistry and maths! The pots need to be bisque fired first, we used the slips and glazes afterwards. Then we fired then again, this time faster and in a smaller kiln until they got to 970º Celsius. We took them out of the kiln and put them in a closed container with sawdust for about 5 minutes, and cool them in water.

It is quite a magical experience with surprising results. Looking forward to next one!

 

Illustration and art therapy workshops in Barcelona

You are welcome to try a free class of the workshops I will give in Planetababel this course 2017-2018. The illustration class will be on September 18th at 6 pm and the art therapy class will be on September 22nd at 11 am. If you want to come you need to let us know: hola@monicamorenoart.com

There is also a free class of the illustration workshop in La casa dels contes, on Friday 15th September at 11 am. Ramón y Cajal street, 35. Gràcia, Barcelona. Just come by.

More information about the workshops:

ILLUSTRATION

ART THERAPY