In a new exhibition, Manantial, Spanish designer Martín Azúa explores the relationship between ceramics and nature. Azúa’s in interest in the subject matter started in 1999, when he began leaving porous ceramic vases in the Urederra river in Navarra, in an attempt to capture the natural stain of the river. Over time, small plants and lichen attached themselves to the pieces, proving to Azúa that nature is more than capable of representing itself. This recent exhibition features stone vessels that are interrupted by natural objects such as branches and stones gathered in the mountains of Opakua Alava. Stones dent and deform the vases in a sensual and delicate way, while branches pierce through them with in a forceful way. Some pieces have candles in them, their lights peaking through the openings left by the natural objects.