Apparatu is a design studio, pottery workshop, and family business with an impressive history of collaborations and international exhibitions. Being a family business enables Apparatu's founders Joan Mañosa and his son Xavier to conceive new ideas for projects and meticulously see them through to completion in a very personal and unique way.
Presented below are three latest projects recently completed by Apparatu – Dektonhenge, Torn and Escaire.
Each cylinder of the Torn series is created on the wheel by the Master Joan Mañosa using the yellowish stoneware from the area. There are two sizes available that can be used either as a stool or a side table. High-temperature fire and the thickness of the walls create an adamant structure.
Escaire is a collection of shelf brackets made by hand bending a clay extrusion. The strength of stoneware applied to the structural shape of an extrusion, create an adamant bracket. The stoneware isn’t glazed following the simplicity of the whole process. Only iron and manganese are mixed with the clay to obtain the reddish and the black finish respectively.
Dektonhenge is a return to the origins of the study of stone, a revisiting of something basic to find a way to combine pieces that are different in nature yet whose creation is linked by a common material. It is the union of two pieces, two components, obtained via different processes. On the one hand, it is the artisanal method of Xavier Mañosa, a process whose transformation involves experimenting with a digitally created rock. After transporting it to Mañosa’s studio, they took on the task of converting Dekton into a ceramic material to be moulded and sculpted to form the support for the slabs that were created industrially, The process the ceramist came up with involved transforming the material from a liquid state to a solid one, to then be polished and fired at high temperature to achieve the high resistance of Dekton.