While in Beja, I had the chance to visit Heitor Figueiredo’s ceramic studio. Heitor is a friend of José, a local art teacher, who I rented an apartment from, and he thought I might like to see the studio. In a tiny village next to Beja (two hours SE of Lisbon), Heitor restored a little house making sure all the details were historically accurate. There’s a sweet little loft, several work spaces, a kitchen, and even chickens in the back! He’s made his own ovens for baking the ceramics. And I especially enjoyed all the vintage art posters around. The studio also houses Heitor’s toy collection! So many toys! The walls and shelves are filled with his own work (middle and right photo above) as well as paintings and drawings from local and other Portuguese artists. I love his playful sculptures that look like little Portuguese houses. I was so thrilled to enjoy a tour and a lunch in the sweet traditional kitchen (see on my Instagram here). Thank you, Heitor + José! Follow Heitor’s work right here.
Photos: Chelsea Fuss.