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Laboratorio Artistico Gagliega

  • This container bowl in ceramic moulded and decorated by hand revives the colours and light of the seabed, where the coral branch, the starfish and the shell appear to fluctuate in iridescent opaline and metallic reflections.

  • This decorative saucer, also used as a ceramic storage tray, is hand-shaped and decorated. The organic and irregular shape reminds of the sea bottom, with its rocks and shells, decorated by overlapping light blu-purple glaze layers and crystals.

  • Of clear decorative value, this ceramic relief plate glazed using a brush is characterised by a harmonious black and white composition and striking irregular shapes. The design of the lapwing, which is drawn from tradition, is reinterpreted with the utmost contemporary taste.

  • This hand-crafted and decorated ceramic container. The organic and irregular shape reminds of sea bottoms with rocks and shells, emphasized by the use of glaze and crystal, with a shimmering and mother-of-pearl effect.

  • Glazed ceramic vase featuring a plastic shape and shimmering colours. Being hand-shaped, the object features a relief decoration in the form of red coral and shells. The skillful use of coloured watery and bright glaze underlines sophisticad marine reference.

The artisan

The pottery made by Vanessa Gagliega seems to come from the sea floor, with charming materials and colours which characterize the aquatic nature. Sensitive and accurate, the ceramist trained as a furnishing decorator and specialized in pottery directly at a workshop in Cagliari. She opened her workshop in 2008 where she worked with a full-time commitment, crafting decorative ceramics with stylistic and technical expertise, closely related to the nature of the island's coast.

The collection

The collection of decorative ceramics and furnishings by Vanessa Gagliega is characterized by hints to the underwater world with the explicit recovery of natural elements such as seashells and corals, skillfully integrated into functional forms such as vases and dishes. The result are objects with irregular shapes which still seem to float under water because of the bright and iridescent surfaces they have. The same material texture is found in her jewellery collections which feature geometric solutions.

The technique

The potter implements hand-forming for decorative compositions applied to products, obtained by modeling clay sheets. The vibrant glazed surfaces are made by coating the outer parts of the pottery piece with slips, tin-glazes and iridescent glazes, applying water colours with a regular brush.

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Where to find them

Laboratorio Artistico Gagliega Via del Ginepro, 12 09012 Capoterra (CA)


Telefono: +39 3403429695

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