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Paula Monteiro

Maria Paula Gomes Braz Monteiro

Paula Monteiro lives in a green and calm area that embraces the S. Martinho do Porto Bay where the soft wind that shakes the leaves of the trees, produces a light sound of peace and success. Paula Monteiro was born on 25/05/1956 in Coimbra. Her life, rich in events and changes, makes it possible to study ceramics in Paris (France) at the art school “Academie des Grandes Terres”, under the influence of her mother, also the ceramist MajaDélegue. At some point she creates in Coja (Arganil) a studio- “Atelier Paula Monteiro – Victor Bizarro” – where she was able to give wings to creativity, and it is in this period (1980-90), which develops more her imagination and ceramic technique, producing unique and inimitable pieces. But as life is made of continuous changes, simultaneously arises the creation of a factory of utilitarian and decorative tableware. In this factory, Cerarpa, assumes the creative direction and later production and commercial direction. Ends with the international crisis of 2008. Paula Monteiro returns to take another walk in her path related to ceramics. In 2012 she was invited by former colleagues from the Alcobaça area in the area of export ceramics to the place of creative director in the factories, Mixcer, Destinos and Ceriart. In 2017, another change: it will occupy the same function in the Matcerâmica factory, S. Mamede, in Batalha, where it is still located. Along with his more continuous character work, it’s been about 40 years, when she begins to produce unique pieces in his studio. She uses red clay mixed with earthenware or sandstone pastes of different shades. All pieces are glazed with transparent glass to highlight the mixtures of the pastes. Currently she is creating pieces in which she uses mixed pastes, that is, works what is not traditional. When mixing the pastes, the works produced are surprising, because each folder is defined arbitrarily in relation to the other; they have sweetness in their aspect. Another practice that Paula Monteiro is working on is the Japanese method nicknamed “Kimtsugi”, which consists of taking advantage of pieces that suffer breakage or fractures in cooking, recovering them by this method. The defects are filled with lacquer (a kind of resin) and then finished with gold. Expensive pieces that call attention for their exoticism. All pieces of this ceramist are handmade. Paula sells her pieces to friends, acquaintances and in certain galleries in France.