May 14, 2024
Gres Gallery: Where Family and Creativity Go Hand in Hand
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Blaire Dessent
Gres Gallery: Where Family and Creativity Go Hand in Hand
May 14, 2024
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Blaire Dessent
Gres Gallery: Where Family and Creativity Go Hand in Hand
May 14, 2024
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Blaire Dessent
Gres Gallery: Where Family and Creativity Go Hand in Hand
May 14, 2024
- By
Blaire Dessent
Gres Gallery: Where Family and Creativity Go Hand in Hand
May 14, 2024
- By
Blaire Dessent
Gres Gallery: Where Family and Creativity Go Hand in Hand
May 14, 2024
- By
Blaire Dessent
Dora Good, Photo: Duncan Kendall
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rowing up between Florida and Mallorca, Dora Alzamora Good was always surrounded by creativity. Grace Alzamora, her mom and Mariana Alzamora, her aunt, are both successful artists, and when Dora was young, they ran a studio in Florida where they made large-scale mosaic tile installations and stone and shell fountains for private homes and public commissions. Jeanne Alzamora, (Dora’s grandmother), who was originally from Peru, was a sculptor, working in wood, stone and clay, and she also quilted and made batiks. Her uncle Victor is a painter and her cousin Emil Alzamora, a sculptor. It’s safe to say that there is serious creative DNA in this family. Much of this familial creativity was also fueled by summers spent in Deia, which, at the time, was a sleepy, low-key mountain village where free-thinking creatives would hang out and make art in a very liberated and unencumbered way. Good originally thought she wanted to be a painter, “I wanted to add beauty to the world,” she notes, but soon realised it was not her medium. She connected with sculpture during some classes at La Massana art school in Barcelona, as well as other classes in New York and London, where she continued to explore different mediums and styles.

Gres Gallery, Deia, Mallorca. Photo: Duncan Kendall
Gres Gallery, Deia, Mallorca. Photo: Duncan Kendall

Then, in the early-mid ‘00s, her mom brought a kiln to Deia and she began to play around with clay and loved throwing on the wheel. “It was a leap of faith”, Good explains, “but I knew this was what I wanted to do.” Her mom and aunt were there with her, experimenting with new styles and approaches in their own artwork as well. Mariana continues to work with clay, hand building vessels, as well as painting and sculpture, and Grace does a mix of hand building and wheel throwing. They originally had a kiln in Son Rullan, where Good began playing around with glazes and textures on her pots. Here, surrounded by gorgeous views and the rugged nature of the Tramuntana Mountains, the landscape found its way into her creative practice. Chunky surfaces, rough stones, patterns of lichens or spores growing on rocks, are all inspirations for Good.

Her vessels take on a range of shapes and sizes, but all move between a space of ancient and contemporary forms. The ‘flat bottle’ series, resembles an ancient Cycladic figurative sculpture, the caked surface of the ‘Desiccated’ series, in white or black, makes it seems as if was pulled from an ancient crypt, ages of history embedded into the surface, her “Impractical Pitcher” series, with its large bulbous body and small delicate top, reflects her playful approach to her medium as well. “What is interesting [in ceramics] is having your own personal touch and movement; I am trying to break free from perfect shapes and forms and put my personality into it,” Good says. 

Surrounded by gorgeous views and the rugged nature of the Tramuntana Mountains, the landscape found its way into her creative practice. Chunky surfaces, rough stones, patterns of lichens or spores growing on rocks, are all inspirations for Good.
Gres Gallery, Deia, Mallorca. Photo: Duncan Kendall
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