António Manuel da Mota Ferreira, Júlia Ramalho’s son, was born in 1969 in the parish of Galegos S. Martinho. Even though he was born to a family of clay artists, he did not see a great future in this activity, so in the beginning he tried his luck in other areas and in other places, namely England (1989) and France (1990).
He created his first pieces in 1991, but only in 2004, after returning from a long stay in Germany (1999-2004), he began to dedicate himself exclusively to the figurative pottery. Endowed with the visionary creative genius of his great-grandmother, he has been experimenting new techniques and progressively developing his own figures, while helping the mother to produce her pieces.
In his creations, marked by the use of green glaze, he uses several elements of his mother’s and great-grandmother’s pieces, which, when extracted from their original context and included in a new one, end up defining a style of their own. It is a chimeric universe, almost psychedelic, populated with fantastic creatures, heir of the family tradition, but still pioneer, pointing out new routes of evolution to the figurative pottery of Barcelos region, and with a potential of interest that goes beyond the classic collector of folk art.