Albert Montserrat produces hand-thrown, monumental pots in porcelain. Fired at 1300 degrees centigrade, his glazes originate from the ancient oil spot glazes first discovered by mistake in 10th Century China.
A type of "Tenmoku" glaze (derived from the Song Dynasty, 960-1279), gives his glazes masses of character. "Yuteki" or "Oil Spot", is an effect that occurs when there is an overload of iron oxide which is allowed to heat up slowly and forms effulgent spots on the surface of the pot. The glazes need to be applied thickly and it is this characteristic, coupled with the scale of the pots which results in these heavy, beautiful objects.
Originally from Barcelona, Albert Montserrat studied design and trained as a ceramist. He subsequently emigrated to Mexico where he spent four years as a ceramicist before moving to the UK in 2012 and setting up a studio in South London. In 2016 he moved his family home and studio to Yorkshire.