El Carmen de Viboral is sited in a region with a rich tradition in ceramics. They even made a hiking touristic route called Ruta Ceramica Artesanal (Route of the Ceramicists).
We learned from an anecdote that the local makers are not very happy about the flows of people barging in on them working, although they are very keen on having tourists in the village. All the landmarks on Ruta Ceramica are privately owned and, naturally, the access is controlled by the owner. The craft that keeps the village alive is hard to read in the landscape.
Clay Grounds is a constellation of (mostly) open, publicly owned kilns that become markers of the activity in the landscape, extending the Route of the Ceramicists outside the village center and relieving the local makers from the pressure of exposure to tourists.
To illustrate the idea, we chose five grounds to develop diverse iterations of kilns
- twenty-five gardens and as many possibilities to play with clay
- the forest sanctuary and its peaking chimney
- the clay shrine at the crossroads
- the ceramic boundary that invites you
- the neighbourly kiln for feasting and good banter
Academic project, 2018
Silvia Diaconu & Alisha Baker
Studio "Objects as grounds", fall semester, AHO
Luis Callejas (LCLA Office), Janike Kampevold Larsen, Christiana Pitsillidou
Winner of the Professionalism Award in 2019