RAMÓN FRANCISCO RUBIO DOMENE – Plasterwork Master

RAMÓN FRANCISCO RUBIO DOMENE – Plasterwork Master


My name is Ramon Rubio and I work with gypsum and plaster. I have been
working with these materials for more than 25 years. I first got to know this craft and the world of working with plaster when I started to work at the Alhambra Palace where there are many plasterworks. The Alhambra is a source of inspiration for many artisans. My job consists of making replicas of models, sometimes they are copies of existing ones but in other cases the models have to be reconstructed first. In the latter case we have to draw and figure out the details. Then we create silicone moulds so that we can reproduce the models, carve
them and make different casts. The future of this profession is uncertain. Nowadays, because of the new
technologies, artisan work is barely surviving. To survive in the future we will have to work with pieces like this one: an almost faithful reproduction of what was a Nasrid original
plasterwork. Some motifs have had to be recreated because they have totally
disappeared. If we want to have a future, we have to produce pieces like this one, to create a certain demand nationally and internationally. In this case, we are looking at a plasterwork that follows the canons of Nasrid plasterwork: red and blue, with inserts of gold and some decorative elements like this
blue, black and white. These small details are the things that distinguish manual craft from a little more industrialized craft where the parts are made in series and fail to have these kinds of details. It is possible to find our work right now in the Alhambra shops because we are creating official reproductions of the Alhambra Palace. Each piece is sold with its label, measures and characteristics. They are
exclusive pieces, coloured by hand, made in the original way as during the Nasrid period. Here you can see another example of an official reproduction from the Alhambra. The clients who decide to buy our reproductions usually are tourists who come from all over the world that are interested in plasterwork and in the Arabic motifs. The pieces used by them mainly for decorative purposes. All tourists who become fascinated by the Alhambra want to take a little piece of it home to have a souvenir of the Alhambra and of Granada.

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