Quema ('ke.ma) is the name of the studio, in Spanish means fire/burning, which is a key moment in the creation of each ceramic piece.
The ceramic studio is located in Bern, Switzerland, and was founded in 2019 by me, Ana Suárez.
I studied Visual Arts in Xalapa, Mexico. There I was introduced to ceramics. I graduated in 2014, and since then, I haven't stopped learning and working with clay.
I was able to learn more about this craft by taking different apprentice/assistant positions at studios located in California, Denmark, New York, Peru, and Mexico.
Among them are well-recognized studios like Tortus in Copenhagen, Guldagergaard in Skælskør, and Ceramica Suro in Guadalajara. During these years I expanded my knowledge in various areas, such as materials, glazing, throwing, slip casting, project management, and teaching.
After moving around from country to country, I now finally have a base in Bern. In my studio, I make each piece carefully by hand and make simple modern designs that prove themselves to be useful in everyday life.