Hello guys, I find out this cute handmade design on the Etsy store, and I just can't help my self to click in and look at all of their amazing work! I love their animal work so much, I guess you will like it too after this interview!
Also it's honor I have chance to can talk to them and share their inside work!
Q: What's story behind your brand?
Barruntando is a clay workshop created in 2013 by five girls with a common passion: the ceramics.
We met each other in a workshop organized by the ceramic school of Avilés (Asturias), we connected soon and decided to try with our own project… the things came to us in a natural way so we could say that, at first, it was easy.
We really love to make original funny ceramic pieces inspired in our love for animals and everything related to the natural environment. With our creations we try to make people smile and forget, for a second, their worries.
We work in a studio located in Avilés (one of the most important cities of Asturias, a region in the north of Spain relevant because of its historical and natural heritage). Our studio is close to the centre so is easy to arrive but it is also located in a peaceful neighbourhood. We think that it is a really good place to stay. We only miss a thing… a piece of land to work outdoors the sunny days.
Q: What is your working schedule like?
We spend a lot of hours in the studio making pieces and creating new designs, but all of us go everywhere with a pencil and a little notebook in our bags because inspiration appears in the most unexpected moments. If we have to choose a moment for making designs it would probably be when you are in the bed ready to sleep and your brain started to relax… that is the moment where our minds are freer.
Q: Which type of material do you like to use the most and why?
We usually like to work with white clay because is more plastic than the red one; we also like white colour (pure and simple) that allows us to use different kinds of pigments to decorate and play with the colours depth and brightness. We like to use as well the transparent brilliant glaze or our personal green matte glaze to finish the pieces.
All of us have different favourite pieces but we could say that our most representative creations are the yarn bowl and our miniatures of cute animals specially our fatty little cat (but we are absolutely in love with all our animals even we named it like if they are our pets).
Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
Our inspiration comes directly from our love to animals and all the things related to the natural environment.
We face the creative process like a game, we know that it is an important thing but we play with our ideas and have lots of fun during our “creative meetings”.
Probably this is the ingredient that provided our designs a touch of innocence and a naïve character.
Q: Do you remember when you sold your first item and how you felt?
We sold our fist item in the first market that we went to. That was one organized close to our studio in a nice bicycle garage garden (Garage Armada in Salinas, Asturias). The item was a necklace, one of our first ideas… we were really really happy!
Every single work has parts that you don’t enjoy too much for example the things related to numbers or administration, but we have the advantage that we are five people so we try to distribute this kind of work between all of us.
Q: Which part of working do you enjoy the most?
Probably the part that we enjoy the most is the final of the process when we open the kiln to see the results; we never know how to expect. Usually the kiln gives us nice surprises but sometimes it can be hard because it gives us bad surprises too. We think that the things happened inside the kiln are the most thrilling part of our work.
Now we are preparing different prototypes focussed on Halloween and Christmas time, we would like to offer new limited collections. We also are programming some workshops aimed at adult public in our studio related to the creative process, prototypes design, etc.
Q: If you were not a designer, what do you think you would be?
All of us came from different professionals worlds so being a designer or an artisan is our present and future but not our past. Probably if we were not artisan we would try to continue with our previous life like chemist, art restorer, windows designer, jewellery designer and art historian.
Probably the only thing that we can suggest is to work hard… If you want to change your life or to start with a new project you have to work day and night to fulfil it and never lost the enthusiasm even in the worst moments.
You probably want to see more work right? Chcek on their offical website! here.
Thanks again for Barruntando Team take their time to share with us, can't wait to see more design!:)