Porcelain Beauty: Inside the Lladró World with Rosa Lladró
Left: Rosa Lladró; Right: A Romantic Christmas
Translating several emotions and stories through their fine porcelain sculptures and figurines, Lladró is synonymous with luxury and handcrafted artistic creations. Unveiling the new Goddess Lakshmi sculpture from the 'The Spirit of India' Collection, President of Lladró, Rosa Lladró takes us on an enchanting trip into the Lladró world.
What is the creative vision of Lladró as a brand?
Well, I believe that the first most important thing is that we very much enjoy what we do. Everything that comes out of Lladró has a whole lot of love and enjoyment behind it. In succession to that, we want our customers to feel happy and good when they see a Lladró piece and eventually decide to own it. It's about the feel-good factor when you look at something beautiful!
How do you define Lladró's style?
Our style is not abstract. Instead, our inspiration comes from real life; any figure can be an inspiration, however, there are some figures that we keep going back to over the years. Human values, emotions and bonds are something that the brand constantly seeks inspiration from and that is reflected in the figurines created by Lladró - whether it is the bond of motherhood, friendship, natural beauty or childhood innocence. While the biggest source of inspiration is human nature because there is so much you can interpret from it, we also adore the environment and that shows through most of our statues and figurines. In many of our figurines, there is an apparent addition of colourful, delicate flowers, which adds something special to the creation.
What are your thoughts on the Indian market and how do you plan to explore it?
We feel very comfortable with the Indian market because the Spanish share a similar culture. So, we try to be very respectful of these traditions and put in a lot of research and hard work when we make figurines of Radha-Krishna, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi. We enjoy and appreciate the meaning of these representations because we have our own as well.
Tell us about the new pieces.
We keep searching for new colours. We also constantly strive to come up with ideas that showcase a high level of skill, in terms of depicting complex movements, so that it looks more realistic. It's all about finding something that poses a challenge and is more difficult to execute.
What makes Lladró unique from other brands in the same category?
I think we have a very distinct personality that comes across in each piece of art. The flowers, the colours, the precise details, the realistic movement and expression, all add up to create the perfect figurine that is unmistakably Lladró.
Lladró has many figurines of indian deities; can you tell us why you chose Goddess Lakshmi this time around?
I think we wanted to go for one of themost popular deities in Indian culture and Goddess Lakshmi was a perfect fit. I don't know if we were right about Her being the most popular, but it turned out beautifully nonetheless. In our Indian collection, we already have Radha-Krishna, Rama-Sita, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi and we will soon be adding a beautiful Hanuman figurine to it.
Which is your favourite piece and why?
From all the pieces, I would say I love Flowers of the Season'. It is a very classic, timeless piece. It has the Lladró signature flowers, with very fresh colours and I think it's a very nice piece. I actually have it at home and I enjoy it as I never tire of looking at it.
After ideation, what does the figurine-making process entail?
First, the sculptors make a sketch of the figurine in clay, which is reviewed by the creative committee. Sometimes we makes changes, sometimes we don't. The next step is the making of the same sculpture in plaster, which is then used as a mould. For a medium sized figurine, around 15-20 moulds are needed, and it can go up to 300 moulds for the most complicated ones. Once it is assembled, the details are carved into the smooth sculpture, and it is painted. If it needs a glossy finish, a coat of varnish is also applied. The unique Lladró flower found in many figurines is made by hand, one petal at a time. Finally, it is put in a kiln and comes out as a Lladró creation. We work together to make sure everything is perfect, so when we finish something, it's because we think it's perfect. Well, as perfect as can be!
What are your thoughts on Lladró collectors?
I have seen this phenomenon many times. You see a piece and you love it or someone gifts it to you, and it happens again, and then again, until you find yourself being a collector. It happens to me too, but I try to control myself because I'm at the factory everyday. If I'm not travelling, I'm at the factory and if I took all the pieces that I liked home, I'd have to move! (laughs)
Image Courtesy: Lladró