Victoria Gilles Fernández (b. 1989) is a Buenos Aires-born maker based in London, who creates timeless and considered ceramic homewares. She trained in Graphic Design and earned a postgraduate degree in Design Theory from the University of Buenos Aires. Victoria worked for many years in the fields of publishing, advertising, and digital design before discovering her passion for the tactile and expressive nature of ceramics.
Her handmade ceramics are created using hand-building techniques, such as pinching, slab building, coiling, and inlaying, and each piece is unique. She uses colour and patterns to highlight form, taking inspiration from Latin American cultures and scenes, art history, heritage, nature and rituals.
At home, we cosy up with a hot drink, we freshen up the space with flowers and we gather with the family around a homemade meal. The intention behind these unique objects is to try to make these experiences a bit more thoughtful and inspired.
Every object you see here has been crafted with care by Victoria. Peruse the newest collection to feel the sense of awe when getting in contact with handmade ceramics and get lost in their details and peculiarities. From vases to plates, Victoria hopes to bring a bit of her own culture and vision of the world while adding joy to your space.
This is an ongoing series of ceramic pieces born from a visual study of connections and distances. Victoria thinks of each composition as a collage, where she plays with cuts of stained clay, underglazes and glazes to create stories. Each one is unique and unrepeatable, and they talk about her perceptions as an immigrant and her place in life. She feels like we're islands floating around and trying to stay connected by a string. Some unions are stronger than others. That's why she strengthens the weak ones with paint and glazes.
This series comes from the necessity to create things that bring some of Victoria's origins to her present. They act as a ritual, a grounding object to remind us to stay present and celebrate history, stories and cultures.