penelope barcia

Born below the Montseny mountains in Catalunya I have been relating with nature all my life.
I started making pottery as a hobby when I was 7 when I realised that I could play with the earth and create volumes related with nature. 



My first University degree was Food Industries Engineering which gave me a good basis at Chemistry and Physics, very useful at ceramics. Some years after I went again for the Fine Arts degree to extend my knowledge in the arts field.

Specific formation:

  • Ceramic itinerary in Japan, visiting  Arita, Tokoname, Seto, Tokyo, Tajimi, Nara, Kyoto, Nagoya & Shigaraki
  • Professional Wheel Throwing course at Escola de Ceràmica de la Bisbal, Girona, Spain
  • Porcelain course with the Japanese teacher Kazuko Uga at Tokoname-Agost Festival, Alicante, Spain
  • High Temperature Ceramics at Escola Massana de Barcelona
  • Decorative techniques with paperclay Porcelain with the Belge teacher Anima Roos organised by Escola-taller de ceràmica del Museu del Càntir d'Argentona
  • Glazing course Inerte pero vivo with the Chemistry teacher Carmen Ruiz Alafia studio at Vinalesa, València, Spain
  • Fotoceramics with the teacher Elisabet Moretó
  • High Temperature Glazing at Escola d'Arts i Oficis, Barcelona
  • Enfanga't 06 & 07 Festival at Celrà, Girona
  • Beginning in 1985 at Jorca studio at St Celoni, Barcelona


Awards & exhibitions

  • Resident artist at La Rectoria ARt Center at St Pere de Vilamajor, Barcelona
  • Collective exhibition Transart'14 at La Rectoria Art Center at St Pere de Vilamajor, Barcelona
  • Master Class Training Course award in Ceramics at Grennan Mill, Thomastown, Ireland, financed by UE Programe Leonardo da Vinci (Crafts and Design in Europe)
  • Porcelain exhibition Parlem d'interaccions colaboration with Alexandra Ortiz, visual artist
  • Performance Pell de fang in colaboration with Anna Capacés as an actress, Nico Flors as a musician & Alexandra Ortiz as a visual artist
  • Interactive Installation Eidós collaboration with Alexandra Ortiz, visual artist
  • Award for collaborating at Ceràmiques project of the painter Jordi Martoranno at EMA La Mercè at Girona
  • Racó de mar, Artesania de Catalunya 1st Award of XXVII Ceramics contest at Quart, Girona
  • Eriçó, selected work at LXXX ceramics contest at Rambla, Córdoba
  • Arts & Technical Director at Unitats Familiars project of art a & social actuation
  • Aquí i Ara 2014 collective exhibition of young artists at Baix Montseny, Sant Celoni, Barcelona
  • Individual exhibition Geometries Orgàniques at Centre Cultural La Bòbila at Hospitalet de Llobregat
  • Vibracions de Porcellana collective exhibition at ACC
  • Contraposat o complementari Collective exhibition at l'ACC
  • Sculpture-project Arbre del Reguissol for IES Reguissol School



  • Introduction conference of the Ceramic Spanish Panorama & personal work at Tounomori Ceramic Art Institute Training  Center at Tokoname, Japan
  • In studio, Sta Mª Palautordera
  • Porcellana paperclay courses at La Rectoria Art Center at St Pere de Vilamajor, Eli Moretó studio & at La Nau Art Center, Barcelona 
  • Wheel throwing teacher for 3 years at El Torn at Barcelona
  • Embruta't courses for local Council of Sta Mª Palautordera
  • Tastet project for children
  • Member at La Xamota Ceramics Association
  • Extra currilcular pottery teaching at CEIP Matagalls & CEIP Fontmartina schools

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