The name LLADRO connotes detailed- hand-made porcelain pieces of art that are technically perfect in every way.
I can say that with authority because besides being a writer for a number of publications for over 30 years, I am also a very experienced ceramist. My biggest sculpture is a 17’ high-55-piece, glazed ceramic mosaic which is presently located on the outside wall of Temple Beth Sholom in MB. So when I arrived at the LLADRO showroom as a connoisseur, you can imagine, I was in awe.
David Lladro, son of the co-founding brother Vicente Lladro and a member of the Lladro Board of Directors, invited lucky guests to celebrate their new partnership with Operation Smile. Everyone enjoyed an afternoon and evening of music, cocktails, and delicious hors d’oeuvres.
Operation Smile is an international medical charity whose global network of medical volunteers from more than 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children.
Back in the mid-fifties, three Lladro brothers in Valencia, Spain founded the company that still creates all of its intricate pieces by hand. They have always given their artists total freedom and the results are beautifully crafted works in porcelain that are whimsical, traditionally accurate, applied with their own specialized Lladro glazes then often finished in 925 silver and 22kt. gold.
Details: Lladro Boutique, 140 NE 139th Street. suite 204, Miami. 305.573.4659.
Photos: Works by the Lladro atelier in Spain. (photos M. Gil)
(Top left) David Lladro signed pieces of his works for clients.
(top middle) Excellent bon-bons served on a Lladro platter were created by Canvis Events.
(Top right)(l-r), Dr. Ralph Gottenger of Operation Smile, Mayor Regalado and David Lladro.
Bottom Center)An elaborate Chinese ornate red dragon was purchased during the opening. The price tag: $30,000.