Extract from the above news: ENAMELS FROM ASHES OF PILAR SARTHOU For the first time in the Fête des Fleurs (Feast or Celebration of the flowers), Pilar Sarthou who comes from Zaragoza with her original pottery cargo: enamels made up with ash achieved from different plants. This unique technique dates back to the seventh century, where the artistic and commercial golden age of Tang Chinese dynasty took place. Among the remains of the time the work of enamel survives through enthusiasts, among those Pilar Sarthou, a disciple of Daniel de Montmollin. Daniel is potter and ceramist at the ecumenical community of Taizé, claimant since its founding in 1949. Connoisseur and expert on this original and demanding art, he has accumulated this knowledge that he passes willingly onto others. “The plants absorb the earth minerals they need to grow up, to push and circulate the sap. Thus, each type creates its own mineral composition and therefore its specific enamel or varnish”... reports Pilar Sartou. …“This natural phenomenon makes that, from small fragments with no use, may be born or may rise a new, resistant, beautiful material, colourful and unalterable which will be used to cover the humble earth cooked. The spirituality that emerges from all this, gives sense to this exciting work”, Pilar adds.
Ceramic ashes ZARAGOZA. The artist Pilar González Lóbez from Zaragoza presents at the Caixa Rural of Teruel pieces of porcelain stoneware and glaze porcelain achieved with a Chinese technique whose origins go back to over 1000 years before our era, art that reached his perfection during the Song dynasty in the 10th century. The most impressive of this technique is the development of the ceramic glaze with vegetable ash, which the artist combines according textures and colors. Pilar, in this occasion, has mixed ashes of orange, almond, nut, shoots, hay, and barley among others.


Pilar González: "If you are not centered, you do not center the work "


BY JOAQUIN CARBONELL She exposes ceramics enameled with ashes of plants, a hardly known Chinese technique, here in the Caja Rural of Teruel (Bilbao corner P° Pamplona), until the 31st of March.

-“From chaste it comes to the greyhound”, as the pretentious ones say

-Yes, pretentious ones and the chaste.  When my father worked in the Diputación of Zaragoza, in 1962 he was proposed to recover some crafts of the area. My father, who did not have anything to do with the art, verified that the ceramics of Muel had been lost for some many years and he decided to get them back. He went away to look for pieces in the region…. i.e. a potter in Maria (a close village to Muel) and other places,  he  also went to Paris to search in the national library…

-To Paris? …

-Yes, he was looking for the national library documents; the history refers to the cashier of King Felipe II. The cashier, who was Dutch, wrote, pointed up and related all kind of curiosities in books. When being in Muel he described with certainty the formulas, the best lands or territories required for the elaboration of the grounds, enamels and for the production of ceramics. That is what my father looked for, studied and recovered.

-That’s fantastic ..

-This is how my father reproduced all the art of ceramics just as it was made traditionally and from the beginnings in Muel.  In any case and despite his careful and well done work, once he retired, all this authenticity was lost.  Today the traditional Arab furnaces are not used any longer, neither the right type of ground.  Nowadays the ground is bought and taken well packed from Valencia, the same as the enamels which today are industrialized…

-Now let us go on with you and your work.

-I was living during a year in a French monastery where I learned the techniques from China about enamel elaboration with ashes. As far as I know nobody makes this in Spain.

-The use of this technique makes any difference?

-Each plant produces its own chemical composition, and therefore its own enamels.  The results are then different according to the plant used.

- What is for you the ceramics?

-I answer with a popular song: “Noble and gallant Job, being from them all, the first/ since in the industry of mud / God was the first potter/ and man the first earthenware pot ".

-You have not answered to me…

-For me ceramic objects represent an image of life and death: you have a mud piece, when turning and making the piece it can be spoiled or broken, the same as life. But the mud itself can be turned again to create a new piece. And the ash is the latest left over when everything else has finished.

-Your pieces are used?

-That is what they are made for.  They serve mainly to decorate, though, for contemplation. But those all have a hollow in the center to contain, so that they can be used. I love popular ceramics because they express, they give information about the one that makes them.   You always get the track, the hint…

-The track?

-Look, if the ceramist, the author, is not well or doesn’t feel good when turning on a lathe, he cannot make up or achieve the piece.  You do not center the pot unless you are centered (in balance with yourself)





* April-May of 2005: Exhibition in the castle of Momas, whose proprietor, Mme. Teillard, celebrates every year the well known  Celebration of the flowers.


*June of 2006 and 2007: I and II Fairs of potters at Pau.


* Summer 2006. Château fort DES Angle


* April 2007: Exhibition in the room San José Art.

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exposición San José

* March 2008: Caja rural of Teruel   

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Ceramic pieces of Pilar González Lóbez


*May of 2009: International fair of contemporary ceramics. CERCO

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