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Celestina Spiga

The artisan

Celestina Spiga’s Celesteceramiche works evoke an ancient history transposed into contemporary times. A sensitive craftswoman who was only 16 when she approached the art of ceramics in a ceramist’s workshop - pupil of the well-known Master ceramist Stelio Mola, whose artefacts were renowned for the line of figurative Sardinian-inspired ceramics – she proved to have a particular manual ability and a clear artistic flair. In 1991 she set up her own business in Elmas, a small town on the outskirts of Cagliari, where she started an impressive production of figures wearing the traditional costume, testifying their style and colours in detail and thus recalling a wide range of local beauty. In particular, over time she has elaborated the female figure achieving solutions that synthesise the sinuous folds of the cloth using little colour, which reveal a much more complex story dating back to ancient traditions. Celesteceramiche productions can be found at the Elmas workshop and in many retail shops in the major tourist centres of the island that specialise in quality artefacts.

The collection

Several lines of sculptures and artistic decorative objects are created in Celestina Spiga’s workshop. Worthy of note is the series of female figures wearing the traditional costume, produced with many variations synthesising elements of local tradition, in addition to a prized series of women’s faces finely framed in draped headgear. The line of animal sculptures, with lively shapes and coloured brush strokes, reproduces specimens of the local fauna using an expressive personal style, also present in her glazed ceramic fish-shaped dishes.

The technique

These ceramic products are all handmade. She crafts the sheet of clay and moulds it, engraves or imprints it with marks or motifs. The polychrome effect is obtained by applying coloured crystals with a brush, before firing the artifact. Pure gold details are added with third firing.

More details on the Mediterranean Crafts Archive

To get to know the territory, the techniques and the tools, visit the relevant section.

Where to find them

Celeste Ceramiche Via Caprera, 4 09030 Elmas (CA)

Telefono: +39 070215301