Expressions of Elegance: An Interview With Angeles Lladro
Ángeles Lladró With The Ram Darbar Collection
Excerpts from the interview
Growing Up In Spain
Well, it was an inspiration. If I were in another family, perhaps I wouldn't have been involved in art. My house was full of figurines, full of good painters, so I made the most of this ambience to inspire me, to invoke all this creativity. I also feel that it's something we are born with, it's passed down from generation to generation. My parents are artists and so are my sister, Rosa, and me. And well, it's a very nice business, but it's more than a business for us.
Lladró likes to talk about family life and this is reflected in our designs. This is a very international language and that's why Lladró is very popular worldwide. It doesn't matter how deep your pockets are, there is a Lladró for everybody, to celebrate a special moment in your life.
An Eclectic Range
Yes, we have the Queen of the Nile, which is a limited edition collection and then we have other designs that are equally beautiful, yet accessible in terms of price. So we have a good combination. For example, for the 60th anniversary, we are ready to show the evolution of the brand-how we started and how we still keep things simple. It shows how good we are in working with porcelain and doing whatever we want. Each piece is a challenge. The Queen of the Nile is a challenge and sometimes the medium-sized pieces appear simple, but in porcelain, it is really very complicated. Sometimes, the first prototype can take us more than a year. Generally, people are unaware of the process to create a piece and that we, as a family, choose the pieces. It's an honour and a responsibility to choose the right pieces. I'm lucky; I have a great job!
Left: The Essence Of Life; Right: Beautiful Angel Lamp
A Closer Look
We are in Valencia, and we have one factory for the worldwide production of Lladró porcelain. My father and uncles decided to restrict the production to that one place, thereby guarding our secrets. The employees are artisans and it's like a big family there. If you want to see it, of course you can see it, but you have to come to Valencia. And it's a very special experience. Everybody who has visited the factory feels that the place bears a special atmosphere. Moreover, it's interesting to see how a piece is made because each step is time consuming and demanding.
Our artisans visit places to show how we create the pieces. Also, the family travels…this morning I was buying books on art and culture. Moreover, our clients, the people who really love Lladró, ask us, 'why don't you do this?' and then we study every single suggestion. The Indian culture is a big inspiration for us-it's so rich and colourful. The meaning and symbolism are really strong. Our product philosophy focusses on creations that combine beauty and symbolism, which is why the Indian culture is amazing for us.
Inspiration To Others
When I was young, my father drew a sketch of me and from that he created a Pierrot (a Pierrot is a classic figurine). So I have pieces of Pierrot. Now, my daughter Lola is in love with classic ballet. In the new collection, this year, we've introduced a piece which is inspired by her. The figurine is seen in a simple, black dress, something people can relate to. Many people take their kids to ballet, live the same life, and enjoy the same things. In the end, you need to have a connection with the piece. For example, my kids received their first communion this year and I bought a Lladró piece to remember the moment.
In 2007, we started with the Niagara chandelier, which won an award in Paris. It was an affirmation of our efforts and encouraged us to continue doing more. Then we decided to do something based on the classic concept of chandeliers, because this piece is more like a sculpture than a chandelier. So, we have a new collection, which we presented in Paris. There are many finishes and different sizes, one of them is very colourful even, which is so perfect for India.
(Ángeles Lladró is Vice-President of Lladró and the daughter of Juan, the eldest of the three founding Lladró brothers)
Photos Courtesy: Lladró
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