Interview to Lina Llompart, ceramic and fruniture restoration teacher in Modelmon.When was started this initiative of formation sessions on ceramics with Modelmon? Well it goes back to the begining of this last generation Modelmon as we know it. 25 years ago we started the first sessions of craftamanship as the firsts, and by least the onlies, on Mallorca. In fact since Modelmon opened it has a big cultural vocation and nowadays we are the only who have an initiative of this kind. In fact there was a time were a bus service was started to pick up the students from differents locations as Pina, Palma, Algaida...
¿What consists the actual ceramics courses of Modelmon?Actually, and since few decades, we are taking courses of ceramics. With one of the groups- whose members shows himself at the photos of this magazine- wwe are going one step further forming them on the restoration of furniture and introduce them to themes related with the handcraft, because these discplines combine perfectly. Is an especial circumstance aswell the nature of the group, what is composed by students who, despite have a different age -adults, children...-, all of them coincide on they have very much time with us an drag with them a solid knowledge.
After a few years where low much with growth of the companies what sales on a industrial way and very cheap. But slowly is growing again with a current, very restrained from now, of valoration of the artisan work and with the intention of give value to the restoration of antique pieces what fits with the modern decoration, for example, minimalism.
What new trends do we have now in ceramics and what interest is showing new generations on this discipline? One of the last currents is impulsing restore what is ours, the roots of Majorcan culture with his different expresions on the world of art and decoration. For example, there are lots of tableware designed with the "Majorcan tongues", adapting this striped patterns that is taking again by a very slow and small steps. New generations don't show very much interest on the ceramics but ye, also, on the furniture restoration. It's a strong growing demand what is interested on use new techniques of fashion on decoration as vichy, art déco... Is clear that an important part of this resurge is by an economic motivation: take old furniture and materials to regenerate basing on this decoratives lines of others epoques that are taking lot of interest today. With it they decore their homes, dress it again, and over it learn to restore ancient pieces.