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A project by Liliana Ovalle in collaboration with Colectivo 1050º


January 9 – February 27, 2016


OPEN FIRES features the latest explorations by Liliana Ovalle and Colectivo 1050­º around the firing process used in vernacular ceramics in Oaxaca. The project comprises a variety of exercises where clay pieces are fired in particular geometric setups created with sand, dung and agave leaves. Each composition acquires black traces of smoke and coal, a permanent imprint of the fire they were exposed to.

An initial open fire, traditionally used in the region, hardens the pieces and makes them stable.  In the second stage Ovalle worked closely with the artisans creating different setups for individual contained fires to imprint a black smoked finishing. All the materials used in the clay and the firing process are sourced locally by the artisans.


The solo exhibition will be accompanied by a series of illustrations portraying the making process. The prints were produced specially for the occasion as a GREAT DESIGN edition.


Liliana Ovalle is a London-based designer from Mexico who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006.


Opening at GREAT DESIGN Gallery

Saturday January 9, 2016

From 6p.m. until 9p.m.

65 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth 75003 Paris



Photo credits: Marco Illuminati