| Selected by a collection of lamps designed by Isaac Piñeiro, which is inspired by the geographical origins of the brand 'Totana: landscape of contrasts, clay tones, pottery, lights and shadows' | The Pottery Project company, located in Totana, has been among the 14 finalists selected for the 2020 National Handicraft Awards.
This year, a total of 95 nominations from all the autonomous communities, with the exception of La Rioja and Cantabria, chose these awards . Pottery Project has been selected for a collection of luminaires designed by Isaac Piñeiro that is inspired by the geographical origins of the brand 'Totana: landscape of contrasts, clay tones, pottery, lights and shadows'.
The company produces ceramic objects of contemporary design, especially lighting.
Its founder, Miquel Ángel García Belmonte, is a craftsman, designer and runs the company. Specifically, the artisan firm is one of the finalists in the 'Product Award' category, which evaluates those products or collections made and marketed in the two years prior to the publication date of the call. The National Awards are convened by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, through the School of Industrial Organization and its Handicraft area, Fundesarte, and seek to give prestige to a sector that in Spain represents 0.4 percent of GDP in an environment of quality and excellence.
These awards give recognition to those artisan companies that, while preserving their essence of traditional trade, stand out for their creativity, social and environmental responsibility, adaptation to the market and capacity for innovation. The committee in charge of evaluating the candidatures has been made up of prestigious personalities from the world of design and crafts, such as the director of the National Museum of Ceramics and Sumptuary Arts, Jaume Coll; the President of the Spanish Network of Design Associations, Teresa Jular; heads of Fundesarte and journalists specialized in design and crafts, among others. The general director of Consumption and Crafts, Carolina Espinosa, congratulated the Pottery Projet artisan company "for being a finalist of these prestigious awards granted by the Ministry, which reward the best national crafts and design" and recognized "their work done from the city from Totana, which has always been a benchmark in the ceramics sector ". The winners of the National Crafts Awards will be announced at a ceremony that will take place at the end of the year.