Elsa Rebelo

1988 She attended pottery wheel and ceramics painting courses in CENCAL [vocational training centre for ceramic industry], at Caldas da Rainha.

1990 She started the development of signature ceramic, participating in several group and solo exhibitions.

1992-2001 She taught ceramic painting in CENCAL, workshops, training courses, ceramic for designers and international exchanges. She worked with jewellers in an adornment and sculpture project (Projeto Cereja).

2001 She began working for Fábrica Bordallo Pinheiro as ceramics technician, painting teacher, and was in charge of the visits to the museum of the company. She represents the Fábrica Bordallo Pinheiro in international projects and cultural events and she coordinates creative projects with artists and designers.

2004 Commissioner of the project Onde está a Olaria?

2005 Commissioner of the event Badalar Bordallo.

2006 Degree in Cultural Entertainment at Escola Superior de Arte e Design (ESAD, Caldas da Rainha).

2008 Writes for the book A Fábrica de Faianças das Caldas da Rainha, de Bordallo Pinheiro à atualidade: sua história, Civilização Editora.

2008 Commissioner of theexhibition “Bordallo Contemporâneo” - Óbidos.

2010 She developed the project for recovery of parts of the original moulds of Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro and Manuel Gustavo Bordallo Pinheiro for the Jardim Bordallo Pinheiro, Museu da Cidade – Lisbon.

2010 Creative Director of Fábrica Bordallo Pinheiro.

2013 Ceramics teacher at Escola Superior de Arte e Design (ESAD).


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Menina Saxe

Menina Saxe discusses the concept of the plastic and visual imagery of Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro. The deconstruction of a jar, inspired by the Saxe ceramic, began an intimate narrative which led to the metamorphosis. A creative journey on the search of identity records towards the idealization of a tribute to the pottery itself and its powerful alchemy. Menina Saxe appears enigmatic, adorned with acanthus leaves and wearing the Bordallo’s sandblasted. I decided to crown it with Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro swallows, which seem to prepare another journey through time by the creative paths. The house gecko also whirls in ecstasy with this Bordallo’s idea. Menina Saxe evokes the beginnings of ceramics of Caldas in the image of the mythical Maria dos Cacos, the Portuguese blue tiles - with its acanthus leaves surroundings painted in cobalt blue - Queen Leonor, founder of the city of Caldas, and the multiplicity of styles in the excellent Bordallo’s ceramics.