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María Alvarez EcheniqueImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: 18 Glebe Road Studios, Hackney, London, England, E8 4BD. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 07949985306
Email:
Web-site: www.mazchenik.co.uk
Availability: Open by apointment only, must phone first
Joined on: 2011-10-07

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

I was born and grew up in Madrid, and came to London in 1997. I studied a fine art degree in ceramics at Camberwell University of the Arts until 2007, since then I have had solo and group shows primarily in British galleries and also collaborated in group exhibitions in Austria,  Germany, Latvia, Spain and Turkey. 

Over the years I have been producing a body of work that has developed a thematic dialogue concerning the well documented problematic relationship between humans and nature in particular in Western culture. My work intends to raise questions concerning humanity's role within the natural world, whilst also aiming to instil a sense of wonder, creating a dialogue about these issues rather than pushing any particular solution. 

The pieces have a dreamlike quality influenced in particular by the 20th century Surrealist movement and the earlier European Romantic tradition, but open to other influences, both European and non European, for example, early religious artefacts, folk art and Mexican devotional art. The works aim to take the viewer on a journey into a world where the fusion of the natural and the human sometimes seems to be in harmony and respect, and other times appears to be wilder and darker.

Current work and Availability

Current work and Availability

Porcelain Sculpture

Current Work Availability:
Work usually available from Glebe Road Studios or via my website

Other information:
1. Future exhibitions- For more information about future exhibitions please visit www.mazchenik.co.uk/news
2. Currently organizing and working on Public Art commisions, and teaching ceramic & art classes at various community centres

Technical Information

Technical Information

I work in both stoneware and porcelain, and fire the work to 1260ºC in oxidation, occasional adding enamels and lustre firings on selected pieces.
A combination of casting and hand-building techniques using porcelain are characteristic of my  work.  
I decorate my pieces spraying coloured slips, underglazes and/or stains.I make my glazes from recipes acquired and worked on over the years, exploring the potential of different materials and techniques the pieces become vivid and unique images which call into question many of our preconceptions about porcelain, craft and even beauty.

Career and Education Background

Career and Education Background

Education
2005-07 BA (Hons) Ceramics, Camberwell University of the Arts, London.
2004-05 Creative Ceramics, Camden Arts Centre, London.
2003-04 HNC Public Arts, Barnet College, London.
2001-03 B-TEC Level 4 Ceramics, Hackney Community College, London.
2000-01 Art Portfolio Preparation, Hackney Community College, London.
1993-97 BA  Education and Speech Therapist (PGCE),  Autonomous University La Salle, Spain.

Achievements
2009 Selected for a Residency at Anadolu University, Turkey.
2005 Selected for a Residency at Sargadelos Ceramics Factory, Spain.
2004 Selected for Mentor-Led Art and Business Scheme, Employments in the Arts, Hidden Arts, London.

Feature Publications
2010 Interview with Humanize Magazine,
2010 El Iberico, Spanish Newspaper, Spain.
2009 Seramik magazine, Journal of Turkey's Ceramic Federation
2009 Anadolu University, ceramic symposium catalogue, Turkey.
2008 Visions in Clay, The Guide, Harrow Observer Publications.
2008 English Translations, Catalogue of art works, Instituto Cervantes.

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

2011 Parallax Art Fair, Mayfair, London.
2011 Darnley Gallery, Curator of a group exhibition, London.

2010 Glebe Road Open Studios, London.
2010 Bromley By Bow Centre Open Studios, London.
2010 Muerto de Amor: Homage to Garcia Lorca, exhibition, London.
2010 Greenwich Picture House, London.
2010 Screams of Communities, La Tuerta, Madrid.
2010 A Party for Penguins, The Penguin Factory, Vienna.
2010 Conduit, Forman's Smoke housed Gallery, London.
2010 All The World's a Stage, Obsidian Art Gallery, UK.

2009 Glebe Road Open Studios, London.
2009 Islington Arts Fair, London.
2009 Riga Porcelain Museum, Latvia.
2009 Anadolu University, Turkey.
2009 The Gallery at Willesden Green, London.

2008 Anonymous Drawings, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin.
2008 Glebe Road Open Studios, London.
2008 Bromley By Bow Open Studios, London.
2008 English Translations, Sala Naos, Spain.
2008 Solo Show, Stables Gallery, London.

2007 Open Studios, Hidden Arts, London.
2007 Open Studios, Bromley By Bow Centre, London.
2007 Camberwell Degree Show, London.

2006 Sargadelos Gallery, Permanent Exhibition, Spain.
2006 Camberwell 2nd Year Show, London.
2006 11+, Mix Media Exhibition, Highgate Wood and Launch, London.

2005 Artists in the Community, Bromley By Bow Centre, London.
2004 Stanton Show, Stanton, UK.
2004 Employments in the Arts Show, Hackney College, London.
2004 Final Show Ceramics BTEC, Hackney College, London.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Porcelain
Lustreware
Handbuilt
Sculptural
Figurative
Oxidation