...or at least I believe that's what the translation is. My Spanish is unfortunately virtually non-existent and apart from "please" and "thank you", "could I have the bill please" and "where is the train station" (random, I know, but extremely useful should you happen to fly with a certain budget airline that lands miles away from where you were planning to go), I really lack the vocabulary to strike up any kind of conversation never mind translate phrases...
Anyway, Per Amor a l'Art is the name of the pottery studio Monsieur and I came across when we were in Valencia. Hidden on a little square and behind an unassuming door, this is the kind of gem that I always hope I will find when traveling. It's the kind of place that isn't obviously aimed at tourists, but where somebody actually sits, creates, works and makes a living of that work.
This someone here is Mònica Gracia who designs and makes original pottery pieces which have nothing to do with the pieces that are usually associated with this region of Spain. The pieces here are more edgy with a strong African influence. There are of course beautiful pots, plates and vases on display, but Mònica also makes some more unusual and very interesting sculptures and objects like the giant cocoa beans - or at least that's what I think they are. Since this shop is also the workshop, it felt like something of a treat to be able to observe the work and I felt like there's an enormous amount of honesty in sitting there for anybody to see and creating what will later be sold.
As I said at the beginning, due to my extremely limited knowledge of Spanish, I was unfortunately unable to have a long conversation about Mònica's work, but I hope that the images will do it justice. Hopefully their website will soon be up and running and you'll be able to find out more.