I am Gioconda Padovan, graphic designer, ceramic artist, art instructor, Spanish teacher, and a creator by heart!
I am from Caracas, Venezuela happily living in Maryland, United States since 2006 with my boys and Zorro my loving dog. I discovered my love for drawing, painting, and ceramics while staying at home taking care of my kids, something that I started doing to motivate them to be artistic ended up being one of my passions. I love plants, books and art supplies, my favorite place to be is the beach and I love nature, art museums and traveling. Living from my heart in gratitude mode always.
I worked in many mediums, I started cutting beautiful big numbers on wood, then little wood animals that I painted, and added some paper on one side making them unique objects for decoration. Then I discovered a fascination for rubber stamps and I learned how to make my drawings into my own custom rubber stamps, in no time I was creating stamp sets with themes like "The fish town", "The pirates", "The Dutch village", and "KuraHulanda", all limited editions, hand mounted by me and some help. I used some drawings from my older son Leonardo as part of the sets. Once I am done with the rubber stamps, I started to explore the ceramic world and I just fell in love making it my new passion.
I do ceramics, especially plates, where I stamp my drawings combined with quotes that speak to my heart. In my creations, you will find quotes as little messages that I want to share with the world through my art. I do painting as well where I combine different techniques, always experimenting with clay, colors, and drawings, which is one of my many playgrounds.
In the last 2 years, I started to draw and paint on fabric, specifically on clothing, so in the year 2020 I got a bunch of shirts and blouses and drew directly on them with black ink and I love what came out, by that time I was drawing a lot of female portraits with fancy hair that I called "las Mininas" and I did a small collection with these "fancy girls", now I keep drawing and painting on other pieces like jumpers, pants or tote bags.
I am creating all the time, which is the reason I decided to re-open my online shop where you will find my creations in ceramics, clothes, bags, paper, prints, and whatever my soul desires to materialize for you. All my creations are unique like you and me.
Welcome to my world and thanks for stopping by.