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Ceramics

  • This elegant square glazed terracotta tray with a wide-brim edge is decorated with stylised lapwings taken from the local decorative tradition and reinterpreted, handcrafted using the sgraffito technique, coloured with delicate brush strokes in shades of light-blueish green and ochre.

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  • A striking textile element realised using a handloom in collaboration with a group of expert weavers of the village of Aggius, and which is a fine reference to the local textile tradition, is inserted into this large ceramic fish, which stands out for its distinctive plastic effects.

  • The cut vase sculpture is handmade and decorated with glazes and material effects. The refined color combination of red to green copper and gold, imbues the object with a significant artistic value, the result of a clear creative path.

  • Of evocative and refined aesthetic value, the sea urchin ceramic bowls, distinctive of this ceramist’s production, reinterpret one of the most characteristic forms of the sea life of the island.

Il settore

Local pottery production started during the Neolithic age, featuring peculiar characteristics that evolved during the Nuragic age. Neolithic pottery productions explored the female body, rounded also in pottery production, being a representation of the Mother goddess. Nuragic pottery featured simple and stylized designs, a tribute to the strength of war.

 

In the following ages, the regular exchange of imported pottery, linked to the interaction of different cultures with Sardinia, made it difficult to define what local production really was, since production became a self-sufficient expression of modern age, only when stylistic features and technical procedures were define and kept unchanged until recent times.

 

For instance, terracotta was slipped and glazed. Few and functional models were lathe-crafted: pitchers, marigas, containers, sciveddas, pans, pingiadas, flasks, frascus, bowls, discus, and other types of pots and pouring receptacles.

 

The setting is rural and pastoral. They are objects of daily use, for the transportation and and storage of water, baking, the preparation of desserts and food products. Yet, embellishments and expressive characterizations are also used. The festive versions are used during solemn occasions, anniversaries, rituals, and are part of the set of votive tools. They are made by the most skilled figuli, using graphite and decorated with plastic additions, plant motifs and the figures of saints and other religious and good-luck symbols.

 

 

These productions that belong to the local material culture, together with the productions of other sectors such as hand-made weaving, jewelry, carving and basket weaving, share a secret language, and intimate and evocative jargon.