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Ceramic Tales

Angeles Lladró, second-generation board director of the iconic Spanish porcelain company Lladró chats about family and being awed by Indonesia's Borobudur Temple.

Ceramic Tales

Where is home for you?
Valencia, Spain — where I was born and where I, my family and parents live.
 
Describe your house. Is it filled with Lladró sculptures?
My house is my refuge. The decoration is very eclectic and is an extension of my family and me. And of course we do have a number of Lladró pieces that help do that. For example, to celebrate the birth of my children we have pieces that represent motherhood. I also have Lladró’s Hina Dolls, which as part of Japanese tradition are given to girls when they were born. I got those when my daughter Lola was born.
 
What is your most treasured possession?
My family and the time I spend with them.
 
You travel a lot as the face of Lladró. Do you enjoy travelling and meeting with customers?
Oh yes! It’s very gratifying to meet with collectors and to be able to have an exchange of ideas and opinions. It is an incredible source of inspiration.
 
Any recent trips that left an impression on you?
My travels to Indonesia and Singapore, which were cultural discoveries of sorts. The practices and symbolism are not only so much alive but also stand as philosophies of life that all of us may learn and draw from. Surprisingly, I also found that we have a marvellous similarity in the conception of our houses — in terms of architecture, space and colours.
 
What is your most favourite spot in the world?
Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Indonesia. A visit left me dumbfounded. It is the most important Buddhist temple in the world and is surrounded by such an incredible atmosphere of peace.
 
What was it like growing up surrounded by Lladró’s artists and craftsmen?
For a person with an artistic sensibility like me, it’s very enriching and provides the opportunity to develop a personal creative vision without being careless of our business point of view. It is this training which has allowed us to demonstrate skill and knowledge in the art of porcelain and position Lladró as a leading brand.
 
Share with us a little known fact about yourself.
One of the things I like to remember from my childhood is to have been the inspiration for some of the Lladró pieces created at that time. This will also happen for my children and they will be aware of it when they grow up.
 
After visiting Lladró’s City of Porcelain in Valencia, where can one go for a great meal?
La Luna de Valencia, which is a restaurant in Almàssera very near to the Lladró factory.
 
Where else in Valencia should a first-timer visit?
I would suggest a visit to the old city and to the port and its docks. Also to La Ciudad de las Ciencias [City of Arts and Sciences] one of the newer developments built by the famous Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. It’s along a former river that once ran through the city but which has now been converted into a garden called Jardin del Turia.