Behind the Seams

PILAR ROJAS
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NIKEL AND SOLE

Collaborating with local artists is something Nikel + Sole is extremely passionate about. When we discovered Pilar Rojas five years ago, we just knew this would be a relationship worth starting. Take a deeper look into Pilar’s heritage and how this inspires her creativity…

Growing up in Andalusia…

I enjoyed the outdoor lifestyle of Andalusia, the gregariousness of its people and the way in which its history is present in the streets and old buildings. There, particularly in the rural villages, life is slow and revolves around the harvest of the seasons. Traditional ways of life are still very prevalent; its past is present and inspiration is everywhere.

Influenced by heritage…

In Spain, ceramics are on street signs, murals, floors and roofs, and it is common to decorate your façade with hanging plants in highly decorated majolica pots. They also have decorative plates and platters which are so beautiful they are often used in wall displays. My Aunt Calla had a collection hanging in her corridor, and I remember making additions to it when I was little with plates I had sourced during school outings.

A love of ceramics…

The real love affair with ceramics started in my adolescent years when I watched an interview with the famous potter Pedro Mercedes; I was fascinated by way he spoke about the craft and the passion he felt. At that moment, I decided that pottery was what I wanted to do and headed to London to study ceramic design.

Moving to Melbourne…

I met my Australian husband in London and after a few years, we decided to move to Melbourne. Since then, we have constantly travelled between Spain and Melbourne. I love this city and have now set up my workshop here (although I can’t wait to be able to visit Spain again).

Collaborating with Nikel + Sole…

I have been involved with ceramics for long enough to have seen it painfully ignored for decades. In the nineties, it was common practice for companies to outsource production in Asia and many potters had to find a different occupation to survive. Today, more companies are supporting locally made. Nikel + Sole highlights the value and relevance of handmade products in the mainstream fashion world and I love being involved in their collections.


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