Lola, where do you come from and how did you get to Barcelona?
Lola Giardino overflows with authenticity and inspiration just like NonaBruna's pieces of pottery, the brand she created. With a warm cup of tea, she welcomed us into her home and told us how everything is possible, with patience and dedication.
I’m from a small town on the coast of Argentina. I arrived almost nine years ago with the intention of traveling for two months and I’m still here.
Graphic designer, ceramist, cook… Tell us what you do and how would you define yourself.
In a few words, I would say I love to create. In general, when they ask me, I say that I’m a designer. I design pottery, websites, photos, trips, moments, experiences, lifes. Today I look back and I understand the path I’ve followed: studying cooking, graphic design, web design, image consultancy, traveling, becoming an entrepreneur, coaching, reiki, astrology, online marketing, creative retreats, photography, ceramics, creative techniques, business… All of these experiencies became my toolbox, which I use to help people discovering their talent and turning them into profitable ideas.
How did your passion for pottery begin?
When I was six years old, together with my sisters and my mother, we went to a pottery workshop in the town where I lived until I was eight years old. Then, in Barcelona, perhaps as a way to remember my mother, I did some pottery classes and started playing with clay daily in my house. The first pieces I made are still my favorite tableware and I use them every day.
In a kitchen, you can never be short of…?
It will sound weird, but for me the main thing is: love, conscience and intention. Then, few products of very good quality and as close to nature as they can be.
Which neighborhood have you chosen to live and work? What is it that captivates you about it?
Right now I live in Eixample Esquerra, the apartment is old but very well preserved. What I like the most is that I’m close to everything and that it’s very comfortable to welcome people. After five years here, I feel like more space and more green would be nice.
Which Barcelona spots would you recommend?
Visit Sant Pol de Mar beach. Eat at Sopa. Go for a drink at Casa Bonay. Come play with clay at my little workshop.