The most compelling aspect of our visit to the Lladró production facilities just outside the city of Valencia was the precision work done by workers equipped with very steady hands and magic fingers. And nerves of steel, considering how many cameras were trained on them.
This worker is glazing Parrot Parade, a vase from the new collection.
The workshops look deceptively calm, but that's because our visit took place on a Saturday. Only a few expert workers were on hand to demonstrate the many stages that make up the production process involved in making the ceramics.
The vase on the right shows the colours once the vase is fired.
Lladró is known for soft, muted colours and smooth glazes that result in finishes that are high gloss, matte or gres.
Detailed elements such as these flowers require patience and a steady hand.
But the many flowers that make up Ganesha's garland are even tinier.
The colours of the fired Ganesha are much richer.
The light blue tint of these unfired pieces will reveal a varnish once they are removed from the kiln.
A variety of pieces that have been in the kiln, including different versions of the Byzantine Head.
Jaime Hayon's Lover is waiting for his balloon.
It should not be unexpected, but it still comes as a surprise that there are shards of imperfection. Still, seeing this only adds to our appreciation of the human element that goes into this work.
Here is perfection in the form of the Niagara Chandelier from the Re-Cyclos collection by Bodo Sperlein.
No, that is not a well-tended pond on the grounds of the Lladró facility: it is a beautiful swimming pool. Apparently employees do have access to this when the workday is over.